Itongadol.- Egyptian authorities have detained President Mohammed Morsi for 15 days over an array of accusations, including killing soldiers and conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, the state news agency reported on Friday.
Morsi detained over accusations he conspired with Hamas during 2011 prison break
The report came just hours before millions of Egyptians were expected to take to the streets in mass rallies for and against Egypt\’s first freely elected leader, who was ousted by the military on July 3. Morsi has been held by the military since his downfall.
Egypt\’s Muslim Brotherhood dismissed as "ridiculous" the accusations levelled by the authorities. "They are not taken seriously at all. We are continuing our protests on the streets. In fact we believe that more people will realise what this regime really represents – a return of the old state of Mubarak, with brute force," Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said.
Morsi has been held by the military since his downfall, but until Friday\’s step by an investigating judge, he had not faced any formal legal measures. The charges relate to his escape, along with other top Brotherhood leaders, from a prison north of
The report on the state news agency said investigating judge Hassan Samir had confronted Morsi with evidence during his questioning. It did not say when or where he had been questioned.
A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, which says the army has staged a coup against the democratically elected head of state, described the accusations as "ridiculous". Gehad El-Haddad said they marked the return of the "old regime".
Morsi and many other Brotherhood leaders were rounded up by the authorities during the 2011 uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power.
The accusations listed against Morsi included arson, destruction of prison records and "collaboration with Hamas to undertake aggressive acts in the country, attacking police facilities, officers and soldiers."
It also accused him of "killing some prisoners, officers and soldiers deliberately and with prior intent". It added the accusation of "kidnapping some officers and soldiers".
The prosecutor has issued a gag order stipulating the media may only publish his statements on the case, citing the secrecy of the investigations and "national security."