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Egypt's Morsi being held for own protection: Army

Army spokesperson Ahmed Ali says former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is not being detained because there is no court order against him

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Jul 2013
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Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is not being detained because there is no court order against him, army spokesperson Ahmed Ali told Al-Arabiya satellite channel on Tuesday.

The army has been protecting him amid widespread instability, Ali added.

Morsi has been held incommunicado at an unknown location since the military, led by army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, deposed him on 3 July amid nationwide protests against his rule.

Ali accused some of the former president's supporters of inciting attacks against military facilities. "Armed protests close to any military or strategic unit or facility won't be tolerated," he said.

Ali also said that a campaign of rumours and false claims had been made in an attempt to distort the image of the Armed Forces and sow discord within the ranks.

"The Armed Forces carried out its national duty by responding to the peoples' demands [to remove Morsi]... the Armed Forces is constitutionally obliged to respond to those demands. This was a great revolution," he concluded.

In recent days, Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the arrest of many Muslim Brotherhood leaders on various charges, including inciting violence against anti-Brotherhood protesters and the army.

Last week, the army shot dead over 50 supporters of the former president at the Republican Guard headquarters who they accused of attacking the building.

The president's supporters have been protesting daily against what they describe as a "coup" against a legitimate, democratically-elected president. Meanwhile, backers of the military intervention say it is a continuation of the January 25 Revolution.


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23-07-2013 06:54pm
Welfare and Kindness - The Version of Coup Regime
It is indeed very kind and generous of Al Sisi to take care of President Morsi by locking him up and the whole world do not know of his where-about. Not even his family. This is the kind of welfare from the top General who wants to bring democracy and freedom to Egypt. At the same time, Adly Mansour, illegal interim President, a top judge of Egypt who is supposed to dispense justice to Egyptians is deaf and dumb when matters involving Morsi is concerned. He is similarly telling Egyptians that the country is moving forward towards freedom and democracy. These coup leaders have stooped so low to the extent of trying to use Morsi's freedom as bargaining chip in their so called forward move to freedom and democracy and also provoking pro Morsi protesters by attacking them. The pro coup supporters have done a great disservice to Egypt in their for democracy. They have been a part of the plot that hijacked the revolution which is now in the hands of Mubarak loyalists.
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