CAIRO– An Egyptian prosecutor on Saturday ordered ousted president Mohamed Morsi to be held for four days pending investigation into charges of “insulting the Judiciary”.
A judicial source said Morsi faces charges of insulting the Judiciary by accusing 22 judges – during a speech in June – of rigging a 2005 parliamentary election for the then ruling National Democratic Party.
The deposed leader is also accused of “attempting to influence the work of a criminal circle” considering a challenge of the results of the 2012 presidential election by defeated presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, along with “attempting to interfere in the work of the public prosecution”.
According to the judicial source, Morsi has refused to neither respond to the accusations nor sign the investigation minutes.
Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, has not been seen in public – or been allowed to communicate with his family – since his July 3 ouster by the military following mass demonstrations against his presidency.
The ousted president faces charges of “conspiring” with the Gaza-based Hamas movement to carry out “hostile acts” inside Egypt, helping prisoners – including himself – escape from jail during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, sabotaging public property and abducting security personnel.
He also faces charges of killing protesters outside Cairo’s Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year.