Egypt denies moving Morsi to Tora prison

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim dismissed media reports saying that ousted President Mohamed Morsi had been moved to Tora Prison, where four of his top aides had been transferred to recently.

Egypt denies moving Morsi to Tora prison

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Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim dismissed media reports saying that ousted President Mohamed Morsi had been moved to Tora Prison, where four of his top aides had been transferred to recently.

"Rumors about Morsi's transfer to Tora prison are completely baseless," Ibrahim told reporters when asked about media reports saying that Morsi has been moved to the high-security prison.

The ministry has not received any decisions from the prosecution to that effect, he added.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was removed from power by the powerful army on July 3 after mass demonstrations against his regime.

Earlier this week, four of his top aides have been remanded into custody over charges of inciting violence and moved to Tora.

The prosecution accuses , Ambassador Mohammed Refa'a al-Tahtawi, the Chief of Staff of the deposed president, and his deputy Ahmed Shiha , director of Morsi's office Ahmed Abdel-Aati, and the presidential security adviser Ayman Hodhod, of inciting violence outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace.

Morsi was also ordered to be remanded in custody for 15 days pending investigation on accusations that he had "conspired" with the Gaza-based Hamas movement to carry out "hostile acts" inside Egypt. He was moved to an undisclosed military facility, according to a military source.

Morsi faces additional charges of helping prisoners – including himself – escape from jail during Egypt's 2011 uprising, sabotaging public property, and abducting security personnel.

The highly-fortified Tora Prison also houses Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Supreme Leader Khairat al-Shater – a key player in Morsi's ousted regime despite his lack of official post – and firebrand Salafist preacher Hazem Abu-Ismail.

Only hundreds of meters away, toppled president Hosni Mubarak is being kept at the Tora Prison hospital. Mubarak is accused of involvement in killing protesters during Egypt's 2011 revolution and also faces a host of corruption charges.

Last Mod: 07 Ağustos 2013, 11:55
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