press trust of india
Cairo, 14 July
Egyptian authorities today grilled deposed president Mohammed Mursi and members of his Muslim Brotherhood for their alleged role in spying, inciting violence and ruining the economy during the Islamist party’s year-long rule.
The 61-year-old Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, has been removed from power by the powerful army on 3 July and has been held at a “safe place”.
State security prosecution service investigators quizzed the toppled leader at an undisclosed location today, local media reported quoting unnamed judicial officials.
Yesterday, prosecutors launched criminal investigation against Mr Mursi and several other leading Muslim Brotherhood figures, including the Islamist movement’s top leader Mohamed Badie, after receiving criminal complaints.
The prosecutors said they were examining complaints of spying, inciting violence and ruining the economy against the leaders.
In a statement, the public prosecutor’s office said it had received complaints against Mr Mursi and eight other Islamist figures, including Mr Badie. It did not identify other Islamist leaders.
The military maintains it deposed Mr Mursi in a justified response to popular demand after millions of people demonstrated against him. The Brotherhood claims it was a coup that reversed democracy.
Complaints such as those against Mr Mursi are a first step in the criminal process, allowing prosecutors to begin an investigation that can lead to charges.
The prosecutors did not say who had made the complaints.