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Morsi family accuses Egypt army of 'kidnapping president'

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi's children accuse army of carrying out 'destructive coup' and their father's kidnapping

Sarah El-Rashidi, Monday 22 Jul 2013
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Osama Morsi, son of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 22, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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The ousted president Mohamed Morsi's family held a press conference in Cairo's Engineers' Syndicate Monday to denounce the "illegal detention" of their father, accusing the army of "kidnapping" him.

Mohamed Morsi, who was the first elected civil president to rule Egypt, was removed from his post by the army amid massive protests against him on 3 July. Since his removal, Morsi has been kept in an undisclosed location.

Key attendees included Morsi's daughter Shaimaa, his son Osama, and his youngest son Abdallah.

Morsi's daughter criticised the military's role in what she referred to as a destructive military coup led by the Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the "kidnapping" of her father.

"I hold El-Sisi responsible for anything that happens to my father's health while he is in captivity," she exclaimed, denouncing his incarceration as "a criminal act against human rights."

Earlier on Monday, Gehad El-Haddad, the spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, refuted reports that the ousted president has started a hunger strike in protest of his detention. El-Haddad said that there is no information on Morsi or his whereabouts as there has been no communication with him ever since he was removed from his post.

"Even the EU is concerned about Morsi's captivity and health illustrated by Catherine Ashton's recent visit demanding his release," said Mohamed El-Damaty, head of lawyers syndicate freedoms committee and member of the syndicate’s board.

Morsi's elder son Osama, an acting lawyer since 2006, threatened El-Sisi of the repercussions of the "crime he committed against democracy." Osama said that his family might seek help from the International Criminal Court.

Morsi's son denied that his father has health problems, denouncing rumours of liver failure. Anyone who claims otherwise is "spreading lies," he added.

When asked how he intends to reinstate his father as the legitimate president, Morsi's son referred to local and international laws as the backbone of his and his father's supporters quest.

International intervention was rejected by Osama and other speakers.

"We are against any foreign interference in Egyptian political affairs," affirmed El-Damaty. 

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Democracia
23-07-2013 10:44pm
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If this Mr. Morsi really broke out from a prison during the revolution of 25. January, then it is not more then right to bring him back there... Strange that his family does not mention any word about that fact... Maybe they have a short memory. It was by the way also their father, who freed (beside a lot of other criminals) one of the murders of another President, Mr. Sadat. Also forgotten??? I wonder how Mrs. Sadat, his widow, felt about this, especially when the murder of her husband stood beside the new President Morsi in the VIP-Area of the stadium in Assiut.... What a pity...
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abdulrahman
29-07-2013 09:41am
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Wrong Facts
Brotherhood was not involved in Sadat's assassination.
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expat
23-07-2013 08:36pm
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the real problem being...
is,that now "democratic" rule is ousted to street voice every unpopular decision can bring up to an elected president the full force of the street and him in jail,when he for example wants to put egypt back on his own feets rather then kissing the asses of brother countries to contribute to feed the poor or to contribute with petrol for the nations never ending benzin thirst... its over,with this example,you just go to the seventies in nearly every african country(you finally become true africans*smile*,you arabs in africa) AND after that comes civil war,what a surprise... good luck
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AB
23-07-2013 08:17am
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Assassinated him?
I think the army has assassinated the ousted president Morsi.
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Ahmed
23-07-2013 04:02am
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Fair
Morsi has been arrested as a result of betraying trust ,position and his people and country! mandated by, must be tried in the strongest punishment.
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kerstin ragab
22-07-2013 05:46pm
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SCAF is behaving just like the Brotherhoods! Let us see a social and cultural revolution in Egypt where NOBODY is put in prison without a fair trial.
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agnabi
22-07-2013 05:41pm
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human right
In DEMOCRATIC country, any person detained has right to contact with layers. Why people close eyes to such lack of awareness of human rights?
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agnabi
23-07-2013 08:53pm
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surprise!
I am surprised to see the number of those who agree with my idea and those who are against it. More than double of those who are for the idea don't care "Human Rights" This means they will not resist if they are suddenly arrested without showing any charge. Egypt is not ready to be a democratic country because many people tend to take whatever way in order to actualize their goal. Very practical nation without deep thought.
Sam Enslow
23-07-2013 09:38am
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Gitmo
If Morsy is to be held, he should be charged. Mubarak went to Sharm until he was charged. Everyone knew where he was. To hold Morsy without charge while complaining about Gitmo is two faced. I have NO use for The Brothers or any other Islamists. However, the law must apply to Morsy as it does to any other Egyptian. Charge him or let me go. I think charging him will not be a problem.
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