Morsi immerses himself in Quran recitation

Morsi was flown to Alexandria's Borg al-Arab prison Monday after appearing, along with seven other defendants, in court for the first time to answer charges that they had incited the murder of demonstrators outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year

Morsi immerses himself in Quran recitation

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi has immersed himself in prayer and Quran recitation during his second night in Alexandria's high-security Borg al-Arab prison.

"The ousted president prayed and recited the Quran most of the time before retiring to bed," a security source told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

According to the source, Morsi spoke only briefly about the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the ongoing turmoil in Egypt.

"People will soon realize that I'm the legitimate president of the country," the source quoted Morsi as telling one of his jailers.

"I will not forgive those who have done me injustice. You should help me restore legitimacy usurped by the coup leaders."

The ousted leader also denied the involvement of his Muslim Brotherhood group in recent attacks in Egypt.

"The Brothers neither carry out terrorist attacks nor kill people," he was quoted as saying.

Morsi accused Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and his lieutenants of framing Brotherhood members to "make the people fear the Muslim Brothers."

"This was always the plan to undermine the legitimacy. But we will come back," a determined Morsi said.

Morsi was flown to Alexandria's Borg al-Arab prison Monday after appearing, along with seven other defendants, in court for the first time to answer charges that they had incited the murder of demonstrators outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year.

The court session was Morsi's first public appearance since his ouster more than four months ago by the powerful military establishment.

Under watch

According to the security source, the deposed president "has given up on his demand to be released."

Morsi reportedly inquired about the possibility of ordering food from outside the prison and being given access to newspapers.

"He also asked to wear civilian clothes instead of the prison uniform," added the source.

"While prison officials have approved the first two requests, they rejected the third," he noted.

An official with the Egyptian prison authority said all standard registration procedures had been applied to the ousted president.

According to the official, Morsi has the right to an exceptional visit granted by the interior minister for all inmates to mark the new Hijri year.

"Once moved from his temporary stay in hospital to his permanent detention cell, the ousted president will be entitled to a weekly visit," said the official.

"So far, Morsi has not received any visits from his family," he added.

The prison official said that the deposed president is being placed under watch around the clock.

"Security and sovereign agencies are receiving periodic reports about his movements," he added.

According to the official, the prison guards dealing with Morsi have all gone through double checking and vetting to make sure none of them has any political affiliation.

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