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Former president Morsi faces livestock-related accusations

Morsi first faced accusations of overspending on food when president, and is now charged with stealing livestock from prison

Ahram Online, Saturday 21 Dec 2013
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Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (Photo: AP)
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In recent days, ousted president Mohamed Morsi has found himself accused of illegally acquiring poultry and cattle both as a fugitive inmate during Hosni Mubarak's reign, and as Egypt president in 2012-2013.

On Saturday, judicial investigations led to an array of charges against 131 defendants from the Muslim Brotherhood, including Morsi, the group's supreme guide Mohamed Badie, and leading figure Essam El-Errian.

Apart from kidnapping and holding police officers hostage, using heavy artillery, and sabotaging governmental premises, the defendants are also charged with stealing poultry and cattle from jail facilities. A statement on the charges was issued by the office of the judge in charge of the investigations, who is affiliated with the Cairo Appeal Court. The statement announced that Morsi and the other defendants would be referred to the criminal court.

Morsi was incarcerated in Wadi Al-Natroun prison in Nile Delta's Beheira governorate and escaped during the 2011 revolution like many prisoners in different prisons across Egypt. He went on to win Egypt's first free presidential elections in 2012.

However, many charges were pressed against Morsi after he was toppled on 3 July following nationwide mass protests against his rule.  

In addition to Saturday's charges, he faces other livestock-related accusations as president.

A few days ago, lawyer Samir Sabri reportedly filed a complaint against Morsi accusing him of abusing his authority as president to eat, along with his entourage, "ducks, chicken and grilled meat" worth LE3,240,000 during his year-long presidential tenure.

The complaint was based on two reports issued by the State Employees' Monitoring Department, which indicated that food expenses by Morsi's presidency were particularly high, estimated at an average of LE9,000 per day. The daily budget was more than doubled during events.

Morsi is currently being held in Borg Al-Arab prison in the coastal city of Alexandria pending trial.

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Anwar Fahmi
22-12-2013 07:42pm
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What happened to the Egyptian media?
has the Egyptian justice system rached its lowest point?
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ali
22-12-2013 07:30pm
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really shameful
You have a clean president who is legitimate, tried his best to bring stability to the country and has a spotless credential. Now you have charges for eating food against him? If this president was a low life secularist then the whole would have went in outrage against such ridiculous charges. Now I plead to my neutral brothers to open their eyes and see whats happening because this junta could do anything against them tomorrow
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Mowiyah
22-12-2013 02:22pm
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BREAKING NEWS: Morsi caught steeling shoes from Masjid / Mosques!
After Morsi gave his daily speeches at the Masjid, he would steel the shoes before he leaves.
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Jorgen
21-12-2013 09:57pm
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Let me get this straight, Morsi is being charged with eating too much food while the government officials who ordered the killing of thousands of political opponents on the streets of Egypt just a few months ago are walking around free. How can anyone take the judicial system seriously?
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Omar Bahi
21-12-2013 08:51pm
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The Military coup
The entire Egyptian Jurisdiction system is joke, the military will stop at nothing to control every aspect of Egypt. Corruption and dictatorship seems to be Egypt future. The Next revolution will be bloodiest.
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Shahira Amin
21-12-2013 06:48pm
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shame
disgusting accusation. shame on those who thought of such ridiculous charges!
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Hany
21-12-2013 05:38pm
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I feel sorry for ALAHRAM newspaper
AL AHRAM was the most widely circulating Egyptian daily newspaper, and the second oldest newspaper in Egypt. Now it's making a joke of itself.
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