Mursi family vows legal action

The family of ousted president Mohammed Mursi said on Monday they plan to sue Egypt’s army chief, General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, for having “kidnapped” the elected Islamist head of state.

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Published: Mon 22 Jul 2013, 7:34 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:46 PM

Hundreds of Mursi’s supporters, meanwhile, marched to the public prosecutor’s office and the defence ministry in Cairo, chanting anti-military slogans and carrying pictures of the toppled president.

On Sunday, the interim cabinet held its first meeting and urged all parties to keep protests peaceful after weeks of demonstrations across the country and a day of violence in Sinai that killed four security forces personnel.

Shaimaa Mohammed Mursi, the toppled president’s daughter, told a Press conference that the family were planning to take legal action in Egypt and abroad.

“We are taking local and international legal measures against Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, the leader of the bloody military coup, and his putschist group,” she said.

She voiced dismay at “the silence of rights organisations and civil society over the crime of kidnapping the legitimate president,” who was voted into office last year.

The family held Sisi and his “putschist group” responsible for Mursi’s safety.

Mursi has been detained at an unknown location since his overthrow by the army on July 3 following mass protests against his presidency across the country.

Mursi’s son Osama told reporters the family had not heard from him since his overthrow. “None of us has had any contact with our father since the afternoon of the coup on July 3,” he said.

Several countries, including the United States and Germany, have called for his release, but the country’s interim authorities have rejected the calls, saying he is being held in a “safe place”.

Supporters of Mursi, who was ousted after a single turbulent year of rule following a presidential election, have pressed demonstrations, holding marches and protests across the country since his fall.

They pressed their demands for Mursi’s reinstatement on Monday.

Members of the Shura council, Egypt’s upper chamber, held a defiant meeting in Cairo’s Rabaa Al Adawiya mosque on Monday.

The council was overwhelmingly dominated by Islamists under Mursi’s presidency, and held all legislative powers. But Egypt’s new authorities dissolved the council when they toppled Mursi.

Hundreds of the ousted president’s backers also marched to the public prosecutor’s office and the defence ministry on Monday.

Chanting “Sisi killer,” and anti-police slogans, demonstrators hung pictures of the ousted president on the gates of the public prosecutor’s office.

“I believe we will restore him by more pressure on the streets,” Mohammed Awad, one of the protesters, told AFP.

Supporters of Morsi also rallied in the Abbasiya area of Cairo, near the defence ministry.

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