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Muslim Brotherhood denounced at funeral for Egypt's longtime spy chief

CAIRO — Angry mourners denounced the Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday at the funeral for Omar Suleiman, Egypt's longtime top spy, in a ceremony that encapsulated the odd political dissonance that governs this country, where a democratically elected president newly in office shares power with a still-dominant military council.

President Mohammed Morsi, a former Brotherhood member, did not attend the rites for Suleiman, whose agents once arrested Morsi for his work on behalf of the Brotherhood. But Morsi's office was represented by its top administrative official, the grand chamberlain, and several senior military figures attended, including Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Lt. Gen. Sami Anan, the chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

The anti-Brotherhood sentiment was obvious, as was hostility toward the news media, which many in the crowd blamed for the rise of the Brotherhood that Suleiman had fought with unrestrained brutality through his 18 years as deposed President Hosni Mubarak's head of intelligence. Chants of "Down, Down with the Muslim Brotherhood" could be heard from the crowd.

Suleiman died at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio on Thursday.

Muslim Brotherhood denounced at funeral for Egypt's longtime spy chief 07/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 21, 2012 9:30pm]
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