The Egyptian media reported serious details about the attempt to assassinate Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, as an Egyptian military court issued its verdicts in the case on Wednesday.
The Military Criminal Court upheld life imprisonment (25 years) against 32 defendants who were convicted of forming terrorist cells, including the attempted assassination of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and former Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
The investigations had reported that the defendants “attempted to assassinate President Sisi in Makkah Al-Mukarramah by placing a large amount of explosive materials in a hotel, where the cell leader was monitoring Sisi, and he confessed to recruiting a number of other defendants.”
Investigations revealed that “the defendants bought explosive materials and placed them on the 34th floor of the hotel, thinking that Sisi would stay there.”
According to the investigations, a defendant “confessed that his wife offered to wear an explosive belt to detonate herself so that the forces would be distracted while the rest of the cell targeted Sisi.”
As for the second assassination attempt on Sisi, it was inside the country, and 6 officers were involved, including 4 central security officers suspected of being involved in the Helwan massacre case, in which an officer from the Helwan Police Department and 6 secretaries from the same department were killed.
Investigations also revealed an attempt to target Prince Nayef. This was admitted by dentist Ali Ibrahim Hassan, pointing out that two people planned to target President Sisi and Prince Nayef, and that there was a woman who would blow herself up, thanks to the women not being searched.
The incident of an attempt to assassinate him by the dismissed police officers cell “among the bearded officers” was carried out by 6 officers and a dentist, and the cell was led by officer Muhammad al-Sayyid al-Bakuchi.
The members of the terrorist cell that embraces takfiri ideas have confessed to seeking to join the Sinai Province organization. While one of its members joined the Central Security Sector in 2007, and received intensive training courses that improved his combat capabilities and his use of firearms.
According to the investigations, 66 defendants who were arrested made detailed confessions about the organization, which was behind the attempt to assassinate Sisi, including the organizational structure of the so-called Sinai Wilayat, funding sources and the number of names of some of the structural leaders, with the exception of the “governor of the organization” because they are not aware of it.
The second failed assassination attempt, which was announced at the time, was revealed hours before the expected participation of President Sisi in the Arab summit in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott before the middle of this year, as the Egyptian media came out to confirm that the Egyptian intelligence services advised Sisi not to attend the summit, because there plotting to assassinate him. Egyptian newspapers confirmed at this time that extremist groups, in coordination with hostile parties to Egypt, and for the June 30, 2013 revolution, had prepared a plan to assassinate President Sisi during his participation in the Arab Summit; The plan included assigning highly professional elements in the assassination operation to carry out this task in coordination with parties hostile to Egypt, to facilitate the entry of advanced sniper weapons and to provide logistical support to carry out the assassination.
It was these warnings and information that prompted President Sisi to apologize for participating in the Arab Summit at the last minute. What a precedent in the history of the Arab summits. It is customary for the head of the state that chairs the Arab League to attend the work of the summit, to hand over the presidency of the Arab League to the country hosting the summit.
On September 21, 2016, the Mauritanian authorities confirmed that ten people who had been arrested at the time of the Arab summit were referred to trial after the investigation had ended, after they were accused of plotting terrorist operations targeting Arab leaders participating in the Arab summit.