July 26, 2013

UN Demands Release of Egypt’s Ousted President Morsi

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for the release of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for the release of Morsi
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for the release of Morsi

The UN chief demanded that Morsi and senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders “be released or have their cases reviewed transparently without delay,” UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said on Friday.

The ousted president and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been arrested since the Egyptian army overthrew Morsi in a military coup on July 3.

On July 25, Hisham Qandil, who was the prime minister before Morsi was ousted, proposed a three-stage roadmap for Egypt in a video recording posted on YouTube.

The former premier said both opponents and supporters of Morsi should refrain from marches and stage demonstrations only in fixed locations.

Qandil also urged the release of prisoners arrested in the days which led up to Morsi’s ouster, and those detained ever since, adding that a delegation must visit Morsi to make sure of his health.

“Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie has called on Egyptians to peacefully make a “stand for freedom and legitimacy, and against the bloody coup.”
On July 22, Morsi’s family said they plan to take legal action against the head of Egypt’s army for having “kidnapped” the toppled president.

“We are taking local and international legal measures against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the leader of the bloody military coup, and his putschist group,” Morsi’s daughter Shaimaa Mohamed Morsi told a news conference.

Morsi’s son Osama also said the family had not heard from him since his ouster. The family held the army responsible for the health and safety of Morsi.

Mohamed Morsi is being held at an undisclosed location.

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