Reports of extended Morsi detention 'untrue,' Egyptian judge says

The judge tasked with interrogating ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has dismissed reports that he had extended the deposed leader's detention for an additional 15 days.

Reports of extended Morsi detention 'untrue,' Egyptian judge says

World Bulletin/News Desk

The judge tasked with interrogating ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, currently being held on several criminal charges, has dismissed reports that he had extended the deposed leader's detention for an additional 15 days.

"A press release will be issued in upcoming days to clarify the progress of the investigations," Judge Hassan Samir told the Anadolu Agency.

On Monday, local media reported that Samir had extended Morsi's detention for a further 15 days pending investigation into charges that the ousted President had "conspired" with Gaza-based movement Hamas to carry out "hostile acts" inside Egypt.

Samir said that the publication of news about the case was a violation of a gag order issued last month on proceedings in the case.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was removed from power by the powerful army on July 3 after mass demonstrations against his regime. He has been held at an undisclosed military facility ever since, according to military sources.

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

Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2013, 09:34
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