Egypt opens criminal investigation against ex-president Morsi
Egypt's prosecutor general's office on Saturday said it had begun investigating complaints against ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood
Last Update: 14 July 2013, 11:43
Egypt's prosecutor general's office on Saturday said it had begun investigating complaints against ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In a statement, the prosecutor's office said the complaints include collaborating with foreign bodies to damage Egypt's national interests, inciting and killing peaceful protesters, attacking military barracks and damaging the economy.
The complaints are a first step in the criminal process, which allow prosecutors to begin an investigation that can lead to charges.
Top Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie was included in the complaints. Badie and several other Brotherhood officials already face charges for inciting violence that were announced earlier this week.
The army removed Morsi on July 3 after millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding his removal. However, the military overthrow has sparked deadly clashes and deepened divisions across Egypt, marring the onset of the holy month of Ramadan.
Pro-Morsi supporters have called the power transfer "a bloody military coup," and have vowed to remain in the streets until Morsi is reinstated.
Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, has been held at an undisclosed location since the army removed him from power, but he has not yet been charged with any crime.
The United States and Germany have called for Morsi's immediate release.
In Berlin on Friday, Germany's Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer said the "restrictive residency measures" for the deposed Morsi must end and access to a "neutral institution" should be granted.
The ministry also warned Egypt's interim administration against arbitrary arrests, stating that there should be "no political persecution" and "any semblance of selective justice" must be avoided.
United States State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US agreed with Germany's earlier appeal for Morsi to be released, and was "publicly" making the same request.