Egypt's Morsi 'kidnapped by army'

2013-07-22 14:56

Cairo - The family of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi accused the country's military generals on Monday of "kidnapping" him, and said that it holds the army responsible for his "safety and security."

The statement is the first from Morsi's family since the military overthrew him on 3 July and took him into custody. Morsi has been held incommunicado since then. Government officials say he is safe and is being held for his own protection.

"We hold the leaders of the bloody military coup fully responsible for the safety and security of the president," the family said in a statement read out by Morsi's daughter, Shaimaa.

One of Morsi's sons, Osama, described his father's detention as the "embodiment of the abduction of popular will and a whole nation", and said the family will "take all legal actions" to end his detention.

"What happened is a crime of kidnapping," said Osama, who is a lawyer. "I can't find any legal means to have access to him."

He said that the family met with Morsi for the last time on 3 July, shortly before his ouster. Since then, they have had no contact with him.

"We warn Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi and his coup leaders against harming the life, health or safety of the legitimate president, our father," he added.

El-Sissi, the country's defence minister and army chief, led the military's ouster of Morsi after four days of mass protests demanding the president step down.

Speaking at the same news conference, the secretary-general of the doctor's syndicate, Gamal Abdel-Salam, said the union has asked the military to grant doctors access to Morsi to check his health. He said the deposed president suffers from diabetes and liver problems.

Morsi's son, however, denied that his father has health problems.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, and his Islamist allies have held near daily street protest in Cairo and across the country to demand that he be reinstated.

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-07-22 18:13

    What exacty does America want

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-07-23 16:11

      Democracy, greater freedom of the individual, non-chauvinism. This is what Egyptians wanted too, and Morsi said he stood for. Then didn't once elected.

  • Ahava Shapiro - 2013-07-22 20:48

    "El-Sissi, the country's defence minister and army chief, led the military's ouster of Morsi after four days of mass protests demanding the president step down" The report fails to mention that he is also First Deputy Prime Minister now. The second highest post in Egypt after that of Military supreme Ayotollah, protector of the Pharoahs and all things coup related.

  • Noel Skhona Nkomo - 2013-07-22 21:27

    Still captured?

  • Ettore Greco - 2013-07-22 22:47

    Soon, the Zionists will re-enact their Plan. After 9/11, a new surprising event of great magnitude will expand everywhere the conflict between Jews, Muslims and Christians. The next World War of Religion is already a done deal behind the backs of all people which will be forced to fight for their own Countries in their obligation as citizens. This is to bring chaos and anarchy in all places and to build in the end the most sinister dictatorship, a death machine, the New World Order. Thus, it is now that there is a need for the formation of one alternative Front to oppose the detailed Zionist Plan founded upon the concept of one "chosen people". Its platform must outline for the future one clear Direction to present to the people as an alternative to the pyramidal system in which we live. It must also solve the Human conflict at its root where is buried the dilemma between Individualism and Equality. For this, it will also take a new form of government: Commutalism. Although, even before a new form of government a new Humankind will need one new Awareness. Individualism and Equality have new meanings in light of a scientific discovery that now binds one new Science with Religion. The link that was missing between those two is Wavevolution.

      Tommo Too - 2013-07-23 00:54

      You need to see your doctor fast Ettore honey. You're in bad shape

      Hosni Mubar - 2013-07-23 16:12

      What a retard.

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