Egypt to Investigate Morsi for Spying, Ruining Economy

Criminal investigation announced

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 13, 2013 1:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been detained for over a week now, but hasn't actually been charged with any crimes. That could soon change, with an announcement by the public prosecutor's office that it is opening a criminal investigation into Morsi and eight other Islamist leaders and supporters—including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie—over complaints of spying, inciting violence, and ruining the economy, Reuters reports. The investigation makes it even less likely that the Brotherhood will get on board with the interim government, adds the BBC.

Badie and nine others are already wanted for allegedly inciting the clashes with between pro-Morsi protestors and the military which left 51 dead this week. But the army says it hasn't arrested them yet so it can continue to monitor their activities and build a strong case against them, reports Reuters. The Brotherhood rejects the charges. " They execute the crime themselves and then they slap it on their opponents," says a spokesperson. "As long as you have a criminal police force and a complicit judiciary, the evidence will appear and the judge will be satisfied. And the media will sell it to the public ." Both the US and Germany have also spoken out against the treatment of Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders, with a US State Department spokesperson denouncing their detention "politically motivated."

A young supporter of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi poses with his photo.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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