Ousted Egypt’s Morsi stands accused of death-related crimes
Newscast Media CAIRO—Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, has been
accused of complicity in the deaths and torture of demonstrators outside his
presidential palace in 2012, judicial sources say. On Monday, Egypt’s prosecution
extended Morsi’s detention for another 15 days beginning next week. Morsi already
stands accused of crimes related to his 2011 escape from jail.
In December, 2012, violent clashes erupted between Morsi’s supporters and
opponents in the capital, Cairo, after he issued a controversial constitutional
declaration in November of the same year to expand his powers.
On December 5, five people were killed in the clashes between backers and
opponents of Morsi in the capital.
Earlier in July, a court in the Arab country ordered Morsi’s detention over allegations
of collaboration with Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, “to undertake
aggressive acts in the country, as well as attacking police facilities, officers and
On August 12, the Egyptian Judiciary extended Morsi’s detention pending an inquiry
into his alleged links with Hamas.
Morsi was due to be questioned on whether he collaborated with Hamas in attacks on
police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, when he and some members of the
Muslim Brotherhood escaped from jail during the revolution against the regime of
ex-president, Hosni Mubarak.
Hamas reacted to the allegations on July 26 and condemned Morsi’s detention, saying
“it is based on the premise that the Hamas movement is hostile.”
The movement’s spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, noted, “This is a dangerous
development, which confirms that the current powers in Egypt are giving up on
national causes and even using these issues to deal with other parties — first among
them the Palestinian cause.”
Egypt plunged into chaos after the head of the country’s armed forces, General Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi, ousted Morsi on July 3, suspended the constitution and dissolved the
Source: Press TV