Egypt’s military leaders have been ridiculed after the chief army engineer Maj Gen Taher Abdullah, unveiled what he described as a “miraculous” set of devices that diagnosed and cured Aids and all major diseases.
The claim, dismissed by experts and called “shocking to scientists” by the president’s science adviser, is a blow to the army’s carefully managed image as the saviour of the nation.
It also comes as military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who toppled Mohammed Morsi in July after the Islamist leader ignored mass protests calling for him to step down, is expected to announce he will run for president.
Well-known writer Hamdi Rizk noted that video clips of the presentation had gone viral, with tweets and blogs saying the military had made a fool of itself.
Professor Massimo Pinzani, a liver specialist and director of the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London, said he attended a demonstration of the C-Fast device but “was not given convincing explanations about the technology”.
One of the devices looks like an antenna fixed to a plastic handle and appears suspiciously similar to the phony bomb detectors sold across the region by British conman Gary Bolton who was jailed last year.