Earlier this month, it was widely reported by Arabic sources, that the wife of Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Mursi, pledged to lead a revolt. In words attributed to her, Naglaa Mahmoud said she was ‘organizing a coup against the coup’ in order to overthrow the current government.
Perhaps not so coincidentally, a spokesman for Egypt’s Interior Ministry seemed to almost address Mahmoud directly, via the Egypt Independent:
Interior Ministry spokesperson Hani Abdel Latif said in a press statement issued Thursday that the penalty for leading a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration will be the death sentence, even if it is a woman.
When taken together with something Mahmoud allegedly said, according to a Mehwar TV reporter, such specificity may take on added significance. Here is some of what reporter Nasr Qaffas said in reporting on Mahmoud’s comments:
On the ability of women to take the lead in the revolution, Mahmoud said that could indeed happen with the Sisterhood. “I have many wives of Brotherhood leaders with me. Many of their husbands were kidnapped and jailed too. I tell them to be patient, for you will have a great reward in the future. I tell them that if their husbands are martyred, we will see to it that they are married off to other men as soon as their menstrual period is over,” she said.
According to Mahmoud, the police will not touch the women, which is why the women are so effective.
Two weeks later, Latif’s comments seem to directly refute that assertion.
Within days of that Mehwar TV news report, the complaint (No. 18337) filed with Egypt’s Attorney General, which included these statements attributed to Mahmoud, was escalated to Egypt’s Homeland Security sector.
Mahmoud’s alleged comments – coupled with other demonstrable facts – also implicate the Clintons.