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Ousted Egyptian president's family claims military abducted him

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
July 23rd, 2013
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The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is now accusing the Egyptian military of abducting him. Morsi has dropped from public view, kept at an undisclosed location since the third of July.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Held without people formally charged, Morsi's daughter Shaimaa told reporters in Cairo that the family has taken legal measures against the army.

In the first statement from Morsi's family since he was forced from office, the family says it holds the military responsible for the former leader's "safety and security."

"We are taking local and international legal measures against Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the leader of the bloody military coup, and his putschist group," Shaimaa Morsi told reporters.

Morsi's family was appealing to the International Criminal Court to launch an investigation into the events leading up to his removal from power.

Osama Morsi, one of Morsi's sons says, said: "What is going on is a violation of human rights and a scandal in every sense of the word." He also described the manner in which the military was detaining his father an as "abduction."

The family had had no contact with the former president since he was ousted, he said.

Leading Egyptian lawyer Mohammed al-Damati says that it is a breach of the former president's human rights to hold him without charge.

Several countries, including the United States, have called for Morsi's release.

But Egypt's interim authorities insist he is being held in a "safe place."

At least three people were reported killed this week in clashes between opponents and supporters of the former president.

Morsi's party, the Muslim Brotherhood has refused to recognize the new military-backed administration. They continue to hold almost daily protests in the streets.

At least one person was killed and dozens of protesters were wounded in unrest in central Cairo. Egyptian state TV reported that seven pro-Morsi protesters have been arrested for possession of illegal weapons.

Two more people were reportedly killed in separate clashes in Qalyubiya province, north of Cairo.

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