Tony Blair’s close ties to the Egyptian government were in the spotlight last night after some of the country’s key officials were accused of collaborating in the “widespread and systematic” killings of more than 1,000 protesters.

A year-long investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims that Egyptian security forces “systematically and deliberately” killed large numbers of demonstrators in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo last August protesting at the ousting of the former president Mohamed Morsi.

The group said the massacre was as bad as Tiananmen Square in China and that it “likely amounted to crimes against humanity”.

Mr Blair, who is a Middle East envoy, supported the coup against president Morsi and has voiced his support for the new Egyptian government.

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