Top Morsi aides sent to Cairo's Tora Prison

At a July 26 meeting with an Egyptian human rights delegation, the two former presidential aides complained that they did know where they were being held and were denied contact with their families and lawyers.

Top Morsi aides sent to Cairo's Tora Prison

World Bulletin/News Desk

Two former aides of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, formally charged with "inciting violence," were transferred to Cairo's Tora Prison on Monday.

Mohamed Refaa al-Tahtawi, the deposed president's former chief of staff, and Asaad Shiha, al-Tahtawi's former deputy, have both been charged with inciting violence outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year.

The two men have been remanded into custody for 15 days pending investigation.

Al-Tahtawi and Shiha have both been held with Morsi at an undisclosed location since the latter's July 3 ouster by the army following mass protests against his regime.

At a July 26 meeting with an Egyptian human rights delegation, the two former presidential aides complained that they did know where they were being held and were being denied contact with their families and lawyers.

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: 06 Ağustos 2013, 09:57
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