Omar Suleiman
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Gamal Mubarak
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'Mubarak's son behind attempted hit on Suleiman'

Egyptian officials blame Gamal Mubarak for attempted assassination of presidential candidate during uprising

Egyptian officials have blamed an attempted assassination of presidential candidate Omar Suleiman on Hosni Mubarak's son, Gamal, the Al-Ahram newspaper reported Saturday.


According to the report, Suleiman confirmed he was the subject of a botched hit on January 30, 2011 but said he does not know who was responsible for the attempt on his life. Attorney Khaled Suleiman has filed a complaint with Egypt's general prosecutor, accusing Gamal Mubarak and several other officials of the crime.


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Omar Suleiman, who had just been appointed vice president at the time, was saved due to a mix-up that put him in an armored car on his way to meet then-President Hosni Mubarak. As per the allegations, Gamal Mubarak was informed that the vice president would be traveling in an unprotected car that day, directing three gunmen to shoot at the vehicle. A body guard riding the car was killed and the driver was injured.


The attorney claimed that there is much evidence to the fact that the other officials were responsible for the attack, and demanded an investigation.


Suleiman, who has announced his presidential candidacy recently, has been repeatedly accused of aiming to restore the toppled regime to power. The former spy chief has made attempts to present himself as the alternative to the Mubarak government, claiming he and the former president grew apart after the assassination attempt.


Senior defense officials in Egypt told the newspaper that Suleiman and Gamal Mubarak had an altercation prior to the incident. It was unclear what the argument was about, but the sources say that Suleiman charged Gamal Mubarak with "disgracing" his father. According to the sources, Suleiman was pushed out of President Mubarak's close circle towards the end of the regime.




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