Egypt court extends Morsi's detention for another 30 days

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Aug 2013

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi's detention extended for another 30 days over charges of conspiring with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas

Egyptian former President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)

A Cairo appeal court on Thursday ordered the renewal of the detention of ousted president Mohamed Morsi for 30 days pending investigations into his suspected collaboration with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

The investigation is focused on claims that Morsi colluded with Hamas to break out of the Wadi El-Natroun Prison west of Cairo and to destroy prison records during the 2011 uprising.

He is also charged with attacking police stations and with the intentional killing and abduction of police officers and prisoners during the uprising, in addition to charges of espionage.

Deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi along with dozens of members of his Muslim Brotherhood escaped from prison during the 18-day uprising in January 2011 that led to his predecessor Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

The detention of Saad El-Katatni, the leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, was also renewed for 15 days in the same case.

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