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Updated: Germany calls for Morsi release in Egypt

Germany's foreign ministry spokesman calls for an end to the 'restrictions on Morsi's whereabouts'

AFP , Friday 12 Jul 2013
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Germany on Friday called for the release of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi amid mounting tensions between supporters and opponents over his overthrow.

"We call for an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi's whereabouts," a foreign ministry spokesman told reporters.

The German ministry spokesman said a "trusted institution" such as the International Committee of the Red Cross should be granted access to Morsi.

Morsi is currently being held in a "safe place, for his safety" and has not yet been charged with anything, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry, but military and judicial sources say he may eventually face charges.

And he called on all groups to refrain from violence as the Muslim Brotherhood, the influential group from which Morsi emerged, vowed to keep protesting until he is reinstated.

"We and our partners are of the opinion that any appearance of selective justice in Egypt must be avoided and there must be no political persecution," he said.

"That is not only an expression of our principles on the rule of law but also our conviction that any form of political persecution would be damaging for the future of Egypt."

He said "a return to democracy" in Egypt could only succeed "if all political forces can take part in the democratic transformation process."

The Muslim Brotherhood and opponents of Morsi have called separate rallies across Cairo Friday amid fears of further bloodshed in the Arab world's most populous country.


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12-07-2013 10:46pm
Foreign governments including Germany cannot interfere in this matter!
I am German but I live in Egypt since 13 years and I cannot believe that the German government dares to think that they can interfere in this matter. Despite I believe it was an "unfortunate" act, not well timed to detain several MB individuals, on the other hand one can only imagine the possible risk of the situation gets heated up again by all these people including Morsi getting active in today's scenario.
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a. abdurauf
12-07-2013 05:27pm
'Sese's delemna'
The army's involvment in the quagmire of politics has caused the divisions in Egypt to grow wider and if 4he does not find a qiuck solution the country will plunge into a civil war as all the signs for what is dreaded are there.The solution is to bring Mursi back. The generals have to move fast as support for Mursi is growing and also that crowds in the streets can not be the yardstick for changing democratically ellected governments. Act fast and save the army's reputation.
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