Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, has not been seen in public since his overthrow by the powerful army on July 3
Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, has not been seen in public since his overthrow by the powerful army on July 3
The younger brother of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi has called on him to stand his ground, saying that the Islamist leader remains “steadfast”.
In a message to the deposed leader on the advent of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, Hussein, 46, said that “Morsi has been steadfast since his detention”.
“He has rejected all negotiations to force him to step down,” the younger brother said.
Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, has not been seen in public since his overthrow by the army on July 3.
He has been ordered to remain in custody for 30 more days pending investigation into charges of “conspiring” with foreign sides and jailbreak.
Morsi faces charges of conspiring with the Gaza-based Hamas group to launch hostile acts in Egypt, attack police facilities and personnel and break jails to free jailed Muslim Brotherhood members – including himself – by force during Egypt’s 2011 revolution, which toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
Last week, an Egyptian court set November 4 for the start of Morsi’s trial on charges of killing protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace last year, accusations that supporters say are politically motivated.
On Sunday, Morsi’s family said that the ousted leader remains defiant and will not back down or negotiate, his family insisted on Sunday.
“No matter what they do, the president (Morsi) will not back down on the restoration of the democratic path even if the life was his life,” the family said in a statement issued on the occasion of the Eid al-Ahda.
“He will not backtrack, or negotiate or accept compromises, especially after the scores of people martyred, wounded, detained and missing,” added the statement.
The family statement called for the continuation of “the peaceful revolution, not in defense of a person but a country whose present is being hijacked and whose future is being tampered with by a handful of people’s enemies.”