Former President Morsi Accused of Murder and Kidnapping in Egyptian Prison Breaks
Footage of one of the deadly prison breaks was captured by cellphone back in 2011.
The Egyptian state prosecutor ordered that ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi be detained for 15 days for questioning on charges of collaborating with Palestinian militant group Hamas, official MENA news agency reported on Friday.
Mursi will be asked on whether he worked with Hamas in attacks on police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, during which the Islamist and other political inmates escaped during the revolt against strongman Hosni Mubarak, it added.
However, the news agency reported that the prosecutor has already questioned the ousted president and “confronted him with the evidence.”
State accusations against Mursi include killing prisoners and officers as well as kidnapping soldiers, said MENA.
The case concerns the mass jailbreak of dozens of Brotherhood officials during the uprising that toppled Mursi’s predecessor, Mubarak. There have been many reports in Egyptian media that the Brotherhood collaborated with Hamas — which has condemned Egypt’s decision to detain Mursi.
Muslim Brotherhood officials have said they were aided by local residents in breaking out of prison, not foreigners.