Egypt protesters seize “confidential” security files

Files claim Egypt’s Grand Mufti married several times


After protestors stormed several branches of Egypt’s State Security across the country, several classified documents appeared in the media unraveling surprising details about the investigations of Egypt’s most feared security apparatus.

Egyptian newspapers published several files noted as “highly confidential” that were found by protestors after storming the state security office in Nasr City, a district east of the capital Cairo.

Several of those files date back to Feb. 10, one day before former President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down, according to the Egyptian newspaper al-Youm al-Sabea.

Several of the seized documents focus on the Jan. 25 revolution, which ousted the Egyptian regime. The documents attribute the revolution to a scheme devised by the United States, the European Union, and Israel to infiltrate the region and put an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

State security reports found in the office also accuse Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah of taking advantage of their string ties with the Muslim Brotherhood to storm security offices in Egypt.

Other unearthed documents revealed that Egypt’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Ali Gomaa was under surveillance and one file claims that the senior cleric married secretly several times.

According to the document, state security arranged a meeting with one of Gomaa’s ex-wives, the granddaughter of late Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Mahmoud Shaltout.

The document added that they were married in her house and that the marriage registrar, who was accompanied by Gomaa, did not check her divorce documents before writing the marriage contract.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)