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UPDATE: Morsi prison escape referred to Egypt prosecutors
Court orders investigation into prison escape by Muslim Brotherhood leaders during revolution; calls on Interpol to arrest leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda in Sinai for executing the escape
Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Jun 2013
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Judges during the Wadi El-Natroun court session on 23 June 2013 (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The escape from prison by Muslim Brotherhood leaders – including Mohamed Morsi – during the January 25 Revolution has been referred to state prosecutors by a court in Ismailia.

Essam El-Erian, Sobhi Saleh and Saad El-Katatni were among senior Brotherhood leaders to escape alongside Morsi, who later became Egyptian president, after unknown assailants stormed Wadi El-Natroun prison during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.

The court called on Interpol to arrest the leaders of Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah, Palestinian group Hamas and Al-Qaeda in Sinai for their alleged role in planning and executing the escape.

Thirty-four senior Brotherhood members – including Saad El-Katatni, the leader of its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party – will also be investigated for espionage.

Eleven thousand prisoners escaped and 13 died during the prison break.

At a press conference in Ismailiya shortly after the court hearing, the FJP said the case was an attempt to "derail the revolution and serve the counter-revolution."

The party will appeal the court ruling which it described as "absurd" and "highly politicised."

Mokhtar El-Ashry, the FJP's legal commission head, claimed the case was outside the court's jurisdiction.

Gamal Gebril, an MP and member of the presidential legal committee, said the president would not be investigated by state prosecutors, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

The constitution says trials or investigations involving the president must be held by a special court, under special rules and require the prior consent of parliament, Gebril added.

 

 



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patkar
24-06-2013 08:06am
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territorial integrity
Wih the intervention of Hamas and Hezbollah in Egypt with local complices there was a foreign intervention on egyptian soil, that amounts to treason and aggression adding to insult to the nation.
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gehan
23-06-2013 10:19pm
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morsi involved
Accordingly, Morsi too is accused and thus he is no longer president of Egypt
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AG
23-06-2013 10:17pm
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Did we have a revolution or not?
If we in fact had a revolution than the people who were jailed for political reasons had no right to be in jail and should have in fact been released by any means. What's more is that many of them where in jail without cause, and without being charged (or even after courts ordered the dismissal of their case). In other words this is an very clear counter-revolutionary act by the courts. Even Morsy's opponent should stand against this if they want the revolution to succeed. This is a very dangerous dangerous situation in which old-regime elements are trying to take advantage of problems between the forces that participated in the revolution. People need to wake up and not make decisions based on emotions. Just because you hate the Muslim Brotherhood does not mean that you should throw away the entire revolution and give in to NDP counter-revolutionary plans! This is VERY important!
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expat
23-06-2013 07:44pm
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the fastest move ever...
in civilized countries,convicted prisoners are banned from elections through their probation here they become presidents or nearly govenors,if their bloddsheed is even for this country too harsh
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Ustadi Azim
23-06-2013 12:57pm
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Book those Judges for the Contempt of Court
Horni Mubarak is lying in jail for crimes against humanity while all his Horns are now vanished. But what has happened to these thugs in the court who are now trying to get some horns? They should be immediately booked for the contempt of court and personal attack against the office of the President.
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S
23-06-2013 12:39pm
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SD
WELL DONE :) !
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