Egypt Announces Criminal Probe Into Ousted President
President Mursi was the first democratically elected leader following the revolution which toppled dictator President Mubarak. Following massive street protests against his rule, however, he was also deposed in a popular military coup on July 3rd. Since then he has been held in custody by the army, but has not been charged with any specific crime. The army claims that Mursi had betrayed his democratic mandate and that they removed him from power to protect Egyptian democracy and satisfy popular public demands. Mursi’s supporters, on the other hand, describe their actions as a military coup and an attack on democracy.
Parts of the international community have condemned Mursi’s detention, including the United Nations and the United States, which has called for him to be freed and for authorities to refrain from further arrests of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation from which Mursi drew much of his support.
In Saturday’s statement the office of the public prosecutor said that it has received complaints against Mursi as well as eight other leading Islamist figures.
The Muslim Brotherhood have rejected the charges, which it ways are political motivated.
“They execute the crime themselves and then they slap it on their opponents. As long as you have a criminal police force and a complicit judiciary, the evidence will appear and the judge will be satisfied. And the media will sell it to the public,” said spokesman Gehad El-Haddad. The Muslim Brotherhood have already vowed to continue street protests until Mursi is restored to his position as President of Egypt.