Egyptian prosecution on Monday ordered the detention of ousted president Mohamed Morsi for 15 days pending investigations into charges of involvement in the violent attacks on demonstrators outside the presidential palace in December 2012.
The violence at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis district on 5 December 2012 saw confrontations between Morsi supporters and opponents that left at least 8 dead and hundreds injured. Protesters were camping in front of the presidential palace to condemn a constitutional decree that gave Morsi unprecedented powers.
Morsi faces charges of murder, attempted murder, spreading false news to influence judicial investigations, show of force, detention and torture of citizens and intimidating citizens.
The new charges are added to the deposed president’s charges of collaboration with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, espionage and jailbreak.
Morsi is accused of collaborating with Hamas to orchestrate his escape from Wadi El-Natroun Prison during Egypt’s January 2011 uprising and of destroying police records, in addition to charges of espionage. He is also charged with attacking police stations and with the intentional killing and abduction of police officers and prisoners during the uprising.
Morsi has been detained in an undisclosed location ever since his ouster on 3 July.
Four of Morsi's presidential aides were previously slammed with a 15-day detention in early August on charges of involvement in December 2012 clashes at the Ittihadiya presidential palace.