Egypt Prosecutors Probe Morsi
July 14, 2013
Egyptian prosecutors say they are examining criminal complaints against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, including spying, inciting deadly violence, and ruining the economy.
The public prosecutor's office issued a statement saying it had received complaints against Morsi; eight other named Islamist figures including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie; and others it did not identify.
The complaints are a first step in the criminal process, allowing prosecutors to begin an investigation that can lead to charges.
Islamist lawmakers in Egypt's disbanded upper house of parliament demanded July 12 that the army reinstate Morsi, who has been held at an undisclosed location since the army removed him from power on July 3 following mass protests against his leadership.
The former senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has not yet been charged with any crime.
The United States and Germany last week called for Morsi to be freed from detention.
The military says it deposed Mursi in response to the will of the Egyptian people after millions took to the streets to demonstrate against the president, who was in office for one year.
The protesters accused Morsi of failing to fulfill the democratic goals of the revolution that forced longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak out of power in early 2011, and of surrendering Egypt's development to Islamists.
They also blamed him for Egypt's worsening economy and declining living standards for ordinary people.
The Muslim Brotherhood says it was a brazen coup that reversed democracy.
Pro-Morsi demonstrators continued their campaign to have the president returned to office at a rally Saturday night in Cairo.
Consultations have meanwhile been continuing on the creation of a new cabinet under the military-backed interim President Adli Mansour.
The military has pledged moves to amend the now-suspended constitution, which was drafted under Morsi, and to hold parliamentary and presidential elections by early next year.
Based on reports from AFP, AP and Reuters
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