World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's criminal investigation against elected president Mohammed Morsi, announced Friday, is likely just the start of wider legal moves against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood — ominous prospects for a country seething with violent divisions.
During Morsi's three weeks in secret detention, military intelligence agents have extensively questioned him on the inner workings of his presidency and of the Brotherhood, seeking to prove he committed crimes including handing state secrets to the group, military officials told The Associated Press.
Military intelligence has had sole access to him and has questioned him at least once a day, sometimes for up to five hours, the officials said. At times they have presented him voice recordings of his conversations to question him on them, they said.
The military's lines of questioning appear aimed at proving the secretive Brotherhood went far beyond its legal status as a non-government organization involved solely in religious work and put itself above the law.
Military intelligence agents have interrogated Morsi extensively on his actions as president, the officials said. Among the topics are his discussions with foreign leaders during his trips abroad and his ties with Turkey and top Brotherhood ally Qatar, and with Gaza's Hamas rulers, the officials said.
One main avenue is to determine if he gave sensitive state information to Islamist allies abroad or to the Brotherhood, they said.
Another line of questioning focuses on the deeply secretive finances of the Brotherhood and its funding channels abroad, they said.
The 61-year-old Morsi initially refused to answer investigators' questions but eventually cautiously cooperated, according to a military official with access to records of the questioning.Last Mod: 28 Temmuz 2013, 16:56