Egyptians mourn for Omar Suleiman

July 23, 2012 (TSR) – The general intelligence service must provide clear information about the death of Omar Suleiman, former head of the People’s Assembly’s Youth Committee Osama Yassin has said.

The former intelligence chief died in the US Thursday while undergoing medical checkups at the age of 77.

Official reports said Suleiman died of amyloidosis, but some people are claiming he was assassinated.

Egyptians mourn for Omar Suleiman

On his Facebook page, Yassin, who is also a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, said, “Is the simultaneous death and injury of senior intelligence figures from a number of countries a coincidence?”

The same day Suleiman died, Hakan Fidan, the undersecretary of the Turkish intelligence service, was killed in his home in Istanbul, and a senior Israeli intelligence figure died in Austria.

Yassin questioned whether any of the intelligence officials met with officials from the Syrian regime to abort the Syrian revolution. He also questioned whether or not Suleiman was killed in Syria, during the same meeting Wednesday in which the Syrian ministers of defense, national security and interior were killed.

Suleiman was honored in a military funeral after prayers at the Rashdan Mosque on Saturday afternoon. Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa led the funeral prayers and thousands of people attended.

The Rashdan Mosque is in Cairo’s Nasr City district.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and his deputy Sami Anan, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and several military leaders and government officials attended. President Mohamed Mursi dispatched a deputy to attend the funeral.

Thousands gathered to pay respect to one of Egypt's trusted man

The mosque’s imam described Suleiman as “a good man, and not corrupt.”

He said Suleiman did well in the battles against Israel. He forbade insulting and cursing Suleiman, or accusing him of blasphemy, because he was a Muslim.

According to the imam, fate placed Suleiman with the former regime, but he was never a liar or a thief.

Suleiman was considered by many to be Mubarak’s most trusted man and an accomplice in Israel’s siege of Gaza.

His spy agency was responsible for suppressing opposition groups in Egypt, and he was involved in the post 9/11 extraordinary rendition program in which terror suspects kidnapped by Americans were shipped to Egypt for interrogation, sometimes involving torture.
Egyptian news reports Sunday said Ramadan Abdel Hamid, a lawyer, had filed a report with the general prosecutor requesting an autopsy be carried out on Suleiman’s body.

General Hussein Kamal, head of Suleiman’s office, told Egypt’s state TV that Suleiman died of depression because he was extremely saddened by conditions in the country and lost more than 10 kilograms in bodyweight before his death.

Source: Egypt Independent


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