Egypt police arrest Morsi's son on drugs charges

ِAhram Online, Saturday 1 Mar 2014

Police say Abdallah Morsi was carrying two cannabis joints when he was stopped at a checkpoint

Abdallah Morsi (Photo:Al-Ahram)

One of ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s sons was arrested on Saturday for allegedly possessing cannabis, the Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

Head of the Obour police investigations unit, Hazem Saad, stated that Abdallah Morsi was driving back from Sharqiya in the Nile Delta with a friend, when he was stopped at a police checkpoint on his way to New Cairo and was found to be carrying two cannabis joints.

The man accompanying Morsi, according to the police official, is Mohamed Emad El-Shamy, an employee at Raya Holding For Technology And Communications. The company is owned by leading Muslim Brotherhood figure Hassan Malek.

Abdallah Morsi's brother, Osama Morsi, posted a statement on his Facebook page condemning the arrest.

He said the allegation of drug possession was false and said the incident was being used to "taint the image of honest people.”

"The coup, whose figures are known to drink alcohol, is accusing the son of the legitimate president of being in possession of drugs," he said.

Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, was ousted on 3 July amid mass protests against his rule. Since he has been in detention facing multiple accusations including inciting the killing of opposing protesters, espionage and jailbreak.

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members have also been arrested, and most senior figures within the group are in detention.

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