Morsi's supply minister jailed for 'blocking roads'

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's supply minister Bassem Ouda faces charges of disrupting traffic, affiliation with a "banned group," inciting violence and attacking public and private property.

Morsi's supply minister jailed for 'blocking roads'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian prosecutors have ordered former supply minister Bassem Ouda to remain in detention for 15 days for allegedly "blocking roads".

Ouda faces charges of disrupting traffic, affiliation with a "banned group", inciting violence and attacking public and private property.

The former minister has strenuously denied all the charges against him.

In July, supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi blocked a highway linking Cairo to the coastal city of Alexandria – a move that triggered clashes with local residents, leaving two people dead and more than 38 injured.

Prosecutors blame Muslim Brotherhood leaders for inciting the violence.

Ouda – who, like the ousted president, is a Brotherhood member – was arrested on Tuesday inside a soap factory in Wadi al-Natrun in the Nile Delta province of Beheira.

He was jailed for 15 days pending investigation into charges that he had "incited violence" during political clashes this summer.

Egyptian security agencies have unleashed a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since the bloody August 14 dispersal of two pro-democracy sit-ins, in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed.

Last Mod: 14 Kasım 2013, 16:03
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