Latest leaks suggest Egypt, UAE delivered weapons to Haftar

A leaked phone call between current Egyptian president and Emirati army generals show their involvement in arms deals with Libyan general Khalifa Haftar

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A pro-Muslim Brotherhood channel based in Istanbul has aired a leaked phone call from the Egyptian president’s office. The leaked sound clip reveals new details over the alleged involvement of el-Sisi and the UAE’s armed forces in what the channel called “Arab world’s arms trade mafia.”

Haftar is the commander of the army of the UN-recognised government in Tobruk.

A UAE general can be heard organising a shipment to be sent from the emirate to a port in eastern Egypt, and from there to an undisclosed location in Libya.

Earlier this month, an analysis of several recently leaked audio recordings of controversial conversations between senior Egyptian officials showed "no indications" of them being fabricated, according to evidence provided to British police, the New York Times reported.

The New York Times reported that an analysis of the recordings - commissioned by lawyers for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood - found there were "no indications that the recordings were fabricated by splicing together disparate statements out of context."

According to the US newspaper, audio forensics firm JP French Associates found "moderately strong evidence to authenticate Mr Sisi's voice on two of the recordings and the voice of a top general, Mamdouh Shaheen, on another."

The Egyptian government has continued to dismiss such leaks and says they’re fabricated.

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