Egypt Independent

Egypt FM misquotes Amnesty International

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy misquoted Amnesty International during an interview on BBC HARD Talk broadcast last Tuesday, claiming that Amnesty International had issued a statement alleging "there were heavy weapons in Rabea [al-Adaweya Square]."

The organization issued an official statement saying it "absolutely refutes" Nabil's claim that the organization had provided evidence of heavy weapons present inside the main Cairo sit-in by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy. 

"At no stage did Amnesty International refer to the use of 'heavy weapons' inside the sit-in," the statement stressed.

Fahmy's statement comes after Amnesty International stated that cases of torture had emerged from areas close to pro-Morsy sit-ins at Rabea al-Adaweya and al-Nahda Square.

The Amnesty report suspected torture was being used by Morsy supporters against their opponents.