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Former president Mohamed Morsi to be detained for 15 days pending investigations into alleged collaboration with Hamas over prison breaks and attacks during 2011 uprising, Brotherhood condemns decision
El-Sayed Gamaledine , Friday 26 Jul 2013
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president Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)
Ousted president Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)

A top Egyptian court has ordered the detention of ousted president Mohamed Morsi for 15 days pending investigations into his suspected collaboration with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

Morsi is accused of collaborating with Hamas to escape from Wadi El-Natroun Prison and destroy prison records during the 2011 uprising, attack police stations during the uprising, the intentional killing and abduction of police officers and prisoners during the uprising, and espionage.

President Mohamed Morsi along with dozens of members of his Muslim Brotherhood escaped from prison during the 18-day 2011 uprising which forced out his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref said the decision by the investigating judge to detain Morsi was at the behest of the armed forces due to the pressures they are facing to release Morsi.

In exclusive statements to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, Aref said he believed the decision to detain Morsi was a message to the international community that Morsi is being prosecuted.

"Is there a lawyer attending the investigations with Dr Morsi? Was Dr Morsi given a chance to defend himself? Where is Dr Morsi in the first place? And was he transferred to the investigating judge or did the judge go to him?" Aref asked.

Leading Brotherhood member Essam El-Erian said the decision to detain Morsi showed Egypt has a true "fascist military regime."

"Announcing a decision to detain a legitimate president who has immunity, who should not stand trial except under specific constitutional procedures, under very suspicious timing in the absence of the simplest concepts of the rule of law as well in the absence of his lawyer, shows the nature of the current struggling fascist military regime," said El-Erian on his official Facebook page earlier Friday.

"The answer to this will be peaceful million man protests in the squares. Our strength is in our peacefulness and our unity as a people against fascism, oppression and corruption," said El-Erian.

On 28 January 2011, known as the "Day of Rage" of the revolution, about 11,000 detainees escaped from the Wadi El-Natroun Prison, northwest of the capital, and thirteen people died during the breakout.

The Palestinian Hamas, an offshoot of the Brotherhood, and Lebanese Hezbollah had been blamed for helping in plotting the attack on the jail, allowing the inmates to be freed.

Hamas also criticised the decision to detain Morsi.

"Hamas condemns this move since it is based on the premise that the Hamas movement is hostile," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.

The detention order came hours before millions of Egyptians were expected to hit the streets for rival mass rallies, heightening fears they could turn violent.

Army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for protests to give the military a "mandate" to confront “violence and terrorism” triggered by Morsi's overthrow.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, meanwhile, called its own counter rallies to demand the deposed president's reinstatement.

Mohamed Morsi has been held incommunicado at a secret location since he was removed from the presidency by the army on 3 July following mass nationwide protests.
 



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Tammy
26-07-2013 07:00pm
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asking again.
Ok, so I am asking again. Would someone please tell me how morsi could be considered a legitimate president when just like shater he was in prison under mubarak?? If according to the law shater was forbidden to run for president because of being jailed then why was morsi allowed to run?? Seems like a total double standard. I am not defending shater believe me, but I am very confused about the whole legitimacy of morsi as president. To me if one is illigitimate & forbidden to run for office then both should be. And the mb stating immunity should be given to morsi is total BS!! It does not matter who the person is or what position they held, EVERYONE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE CRIMES THEY COMMITTED AGAINST EGYPT & ITS CITIZENS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY WERE PRESIDENT OR NOT!! morsi is not any better than any other Egyptian, including mubarak, he does not deserve any kind of special immunity or treatment just because he was president & the mb needs to wake up and realize it!! morsi should stand trial just like any other citizen who is accused of committing such crimes!
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N Beshay
26-07-2013 04:18pm
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Release of Terrorist !!
What about the release of Thousands of Terrorist by the presidential Pardon without taking into account the danger of doing this on the national security and the effects that they may cause to the Egyptian People , This another crime that he should stand trial for it
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Ali
26-07-2013 12:09pm
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Old regime is back
There no more any doubt that Mubrak regime is now back in power. Old regime Judiciary,Army and police now have new allies hypcrite liberals.Thousands that killed during 2011 uprising by the police and army never got justice from this currpet Judiciary now they are rounding up in those that took part against Mubrak regime.This is a start of a new revolution.
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Nasser
26-07-2013 07:33pm
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It never really left
The old regime was never removed in the first place, just Mubarak and his inner circle. The internal security, the intelligence, the top generals and the massive bureaucracy always remained in their firm grip and their allies dominated the local media. The revolutionaries have always been in a tough spot, between the old regime and the Brotherhood. June 30th didnt change that. The only principled groups appear to be the Revolutionary Socialists, April 6th and Strong Egypt. But the revolutionary struggle continues despite the huge obstacles
Mary
26-07-2013 04:58pm
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not old regime but overwhelming Egyptian stupidity
The latest ridiculous accusations of Morsi by the Army is not so much an indication of the return of the old regime as a reminder that the intellectual level of Egypt's politics is low and primitive indeed. Morsi himself is a good post-revolution example of it, let's not forget how during his one-year tenure he repeatedly made very silly remarks that were later explained away or corrected or denied or what else not. What is most alarming is not that the Army or MB officials issue idiotic statements but that so-called Egyptian intellectuals are known for exactly the same sickness. Unfortunately, Egyptian intellectuals, journalists, writers and all those who are supposed to know better are hardly distinguishable from the half-literate street masses in that they are unable and unwilling to think rationally and critically at all times. This is what the true revolution should be about.
N Beshay
26-07-2013 04:24pm
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MB black wicked plans
Thousand of people killed were killed by MB plans to terrorize the people byAttacking the Police and releasing the prisoner and the Terrorist from Prisons , Do not mix the facts the\at the people can see now people and toppled the regiem , Did any of the

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