3 Oct 2011

No order from Mubarak to fire on crowds

9:27 pm on 3 October 2011

The head of the interim military government in Egypt says former President Hosni Mubarak never asked the army to fire on protesters.

At the opening of a new industrial project south of Cairo on Sunday, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi said he had testified before God and told the truth.

"The armed forces fight for Egypt and not for just anyone, whoever it may be," he said.

Field Marshal Tantawi testified behind closed doors on 24 September in Mr Mubarak's trial over the killings of hundreds of demonstrators.

He was previously defence minister until Mr Mubarak was deposed on 11 February this year.

The BBC reports there is a strict media blackout on his testimony and the session's proceedings.