First Published: 2013-07-26

 

Hamas slams Egypt army over Morsi detention

 

Cairo court orders ousted president be detained for questioning over suspected collaboration with Palestinian militant group.

 

Middle East Online

GAZA CITY - The Islamist Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip slammed Egypt on Friday after a Cairo court ordered ousted president Mohamed Morsi be detained for questioning over suspected collaboration with the Palestinian militant group.

"Hamas condemns this move since it is based on the premise that the Hamas movement is hostile," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

"This is a dangerous development, which confirms that the current powers in Egypt are giving up on national causes and even using these issues to deal with other parties -- first among them the Palestinian cause."

Morsi will be quizzed on whether he collaborated with Hamas in attacks on police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, in which the Islamist and other political inmates escaped during the revolt against strongman Hosni Mubarak, according to a Friday report in the Egyptian official MENA news agency.

The alleged crimes are being investigated by a Cairo court that was tasked to determine how inmates broke out of a prison late January 2011, after accusations Morsi's Islamist group sought the help of the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

"We call on the Arab League to uphold its responsibilities in the wake of these dangerous developments, and also call on the Arab people to express their position in the face of this dangerous incitement against the Palestinian resistance and people," Abu Zuhri added.

 

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