Egypt to Investigate Morsi for Spying, Ruining Economy
Criminal investigation announced
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2013 1:53 PM CDT
A young supporter of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi poses with his photo.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(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."

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Jul 14, 2013 10:12 AM CDT
now now would one of pharaoh barack insane obamas best pals do a thing like that? YOU CAN BET THE FARM ON IT!
Jul 14, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
Funny thing is that Bush and Cheney did the same in America.
Jul 13, 2013 7:28 PM CDT
They've only had a democracy for one year, and they're already operating as efficiently as a 200-year old United States of America. The people in power establish a political agenda, then write laws and hold hearings to suit that agenda. Those Egyptians learn fast.