World Bulletin / News Desk
The Muslim Brotherhood has decried the decision by Egyptian authorities to detain ousted President Mohamed Morsi as "a return to the regime of Hosni Mubarak."
"The accusations against Morsi look like payback by the former regime, which appears to be vigorously returning to Egypt's political scene," Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad said Friday.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood dismissed as "ridiculous" accusations levelled by the authorities on Friday against deposed President Mohamed Morsi that included killing soldiers and conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas.
"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," El-Haddad said.
It was announced that Morsi was detained on Friday for 15 days pending investigation of accusations that he had "conspired" with the Gaza-based Hamas movement to carry out "hostile acts" inside Egypt.
He is also accused of involvement in attacks on police facilities and personnel, according to Egyptian state news agency MENA.
The ousted president faces additional charges of helping prisoners – including himself – escape from jail, sabotaging public property, and abducting security officers and soldiers.
Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was overthrown by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his regime.
The army subsequently suspended the constitution and installed Adly Mansour, the head of the Egypt's constitutional court, as interim president under a transitional roadmap for the country's political future.
Morsi, a leading Muslim Brotherhood member, has not been seen in public since his overthrow by the military.
Meanwhile, thousands of Morsi supporters continue to stage daily demonstrations and sit-ins to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.
Prior to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution which toppled Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood had been outlawed and persecuted for six decades.Last Mod: 26 Temmuz 2013, 14:46