Morsi slammed with another 15-day detention order

Ahram Online, Monday 12 Aug 2013

Order extends Morsi's 26 July detention pending investigation into espionage, jailbreak charges; four other presidential aides also remain in detention

A top Egypt judge extended on Monday the detention of deposed president Mohamed Morsi for another 15 days pending investigation into charges of collaboration with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

Judge Hassan Samir was assigned by the justice ministry to investigate the former president's case, which has not yet gone to trial.

Since his ouster on 3 July, Morsi and several of his presidential aides have been held incommunicado at an unknown location pending investigations into the charges against them.

Morsi is accused of collaborating with Hamas to orchestrate his escape from Wadi El-Natroun Prison and to destroy police records during the 2011 uprising, 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, along with dozens of other members of the Muslim Brotherhood, escaped from prison during the 2011 revolution that toppled his predecessor Hosni Mubarak. The Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah have been accused of aiding in the plot to attack the jail, resulting in the inmates release.

On 26 July, Morsi received his first 15-day detention order pending investigaions into the espionage and jailbreak charges.

Four of Morsi's presidential aides were also slammed with a 15-day detention in early August on charges of involvement in December's clashes at the Ittihadeya presidential palace that left at least ten dead and hundreds injured.

In addition, six Muslim Brotherhood leaders are expected to stand trial on 21 August on charges of inciting murder at the Brotherhood's Mokattam headquarters clashes on 28 June which left 8 dead.

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