Egypt top prosecutor refers complaint against Morsi to supreme prosecution

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Jun 2013

Political activist Yasser Abdel-Hafeez accuses Morsi of committing the same crimes 'for which the ousted president is being tried'

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Egyptian prosecutor general, Talaat Abdullah (Photo: AP)

Egypt's Prosecutor-General referred a complaint against the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to the Supreme State Security Prosecution on Monday.  The complaint, filed by political activist Yasser Abdel-Hafeez, accuses the president of treason, neglecting national security, failing to protect public properties, and not holding his allies accountable after they besieged the courts.

Abdel-Hafeez is a member of the Revolutionary Youth Coalition and the Constitution Party. According to Al-Ahram Arabic language news website, his complaint states that Morsi has not fulfilled the responsibilities he assumed once winning the presidency.

The complaint contends that Morsi never investigated into the killers of 16 Egyptian border guards. Seven other guards were injured in the attack by unknown assailants at the Gaza border on 5 August.

In addition, the complaint targets the president's alleged intervention in the judiciary, suggesting that Morsi "instructed the Muslim Brotherhood militias to besiege the High Constitutional Court in addition to the High Court and the Judicial Club."

Egypt's High Constitutional Court postponed its ruling on the constitutionality of the Shura Council and the Constituent Assembly after pro-Morsi protestors surrounded the court on 2 December.

The complaint also questions the constitutionality of Morsi's Prosecutor-General appointment.

On 27 March, an Egyptian Appeal's court reversed Morsi's November 2012 decision to dismiss former prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud from his post.  Morsi replaced Mahmoud with current Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah by way of a highly controversial constitutional declaration.

Moreover, the complaint states that Morsi was "intentionally procrastinating" from ordering the Ministry of Interior and Brotherhood militias to halt the murder, arrest and torture of young protestors. This, the complaint added, "is the same charge for which the ousted president is being tried."

Violence between pro- and anti-Brotherhood forces broke out on 16 March, shortly after a meeting between Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal at the Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo's Moqattam district.

The complaint also states that the president imported tonnes of tear gas to use against Egyptians under the guise of "protecting public facilities."

Lastly, the complaint alleges that Morsi has allowed Salafis to target the tourism sector, discouraging tourists from visiting Egypt and harming one of Egypt's most important industries.

In one example, radical Salafist scholar Morgan El-Gohary called in November for the destruction of Egypt's monuments because they "were once worshipped and could be worshipped again."

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