Egyptian judge extends Mursi’s detention for 15 days

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Egypt’s judiciary extended on Monday the detention of ousted President Mohammad Mursi for further 15 days pending investigation into his alleged collaboration with Hamas.

Judge Hassan Samir extended Mursi’s detention as the probe continues into the former president’s potential collusion with Hamas to escape from the Wadi al-Natroun prison in 2011.

Mursi has been held by the army since his overthrow on July 3. His location remains unknown to the general public. Several foreign diplomats who have visited Egypt trying to broker a deal between the government and the Muslim Brotherhood visited him.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told Al Arabiya in an interview that Mursi was in good health and had access to the media.

His supporters continue to rally in several parts of the country demanding his return to power. In Cairo, they continue to main squares refusing to go home before “legitimacy” returns.

The military-backed government has warned them to end their sit-ins, offering them a safe exit if they decide to do so.

Security sources had said the interior ministry would begin an operation to break up the sit-in on Monday.

“There will be a series of gradual steps. We will announce every step along the way,” an interior ministry general told AFP.

Once the siege begins, the protesters will be “surrounded,” no one will be let into the sit-ins and the protesters will be given several warnings to leave, another security official said. “This will last two to three days.”

At the main Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in, dozens of men wearing helmets and holding clubs on Monday guarded makeshift brick wall barriers.

Some in the camp acknowledged that police will eventually break through. “We will have martyrs. It will be a high price to pay, but there will be victory in the long run,” one said.

(With AFP)

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