News / Middle East

    Morsi Family Accuses Egyptian Army of Abduction

    Osama Morsi, son of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, speaks during a press conference in Cairo, July 22, 2013.
    Osama Morsi, son of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, speaks during a press conference in Cairo, July 22, 2013.
    Elizabeth Arrott
    The family of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi accuses the nation's military of kidnapping him. 

    Morsi's daughter Shaimaa read out a statement by relatives of the detained leader, saying they are bringing Egyptian and international legal action against the military.

    In the first remarks by the family since Morsi was detained July 3, Shaimaa Morsi named Armed Forces chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi as the leader of what they described as a "bloody military coup" and implicated other members of what they called his "putschist group." She added that she holds them responsible for his safety and security.

    The military has been holding Morsi without charges in an undisclosed location.  Officials say it is for his own protection.

    Morsi's son, Osama, described his detention as an abduction.  Several nations have called on the military to release him. 

    Opponents of the military's actions, which followed days of mass anti-Morsi rallies, continue to demonstrate across Egypt. Pro-Morsi protesters demand the reinstatement of the country's first freely-elected leader.

    But any legal action is likely to be hard won.

    Morsi deeply alienated the judiciary during his year in office, at one point putting himself above legal review when he temporarily seized extraordinary powers.  In his final days in office, he gave a blistering attack on what he called corruption in the judiciary's ranks.

    Amira Howeidy, deputy editor of state-owned al-Ahram Weekly, says the family should be aware the lawsuit will likely go nowhere.  Rather, she said, it appears to be an attempt to draw attention to Morsi's “awkward” situation.

    "There is no law that justifies this, even under the emergency law that we are very familiar with in Egypt," said Howeidy. "The military really ought to offer an explanation, press charges or liberate him.”

    But Howeidy added Morsi's backers, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood, have shown little strategy beyond requests for his release.

    "I only see that they are trying to exit with minimal damage and as many assurances as possible regarding Morsi, regarding the leadership that is in prison, as you know, six or seven Muslim Brotherhood are in prison facing serious charges and are being held pending investigations," she said.

    No one, she added, is offering a solution.

    Tensions persist across the nation, with violence reported overnight Sunday in troubled northern Sinai.  Officials say at least four soldiers were killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants.

    But the government in Cairo is moving ahead, beginning work this week on revising the constitution approved under Morsi's leadership last year.  Critics denounced the document as insufficient to protect basic human and civil rights.

    You May Like

    Mother of IS Supporter: Son Was Peaceful, 'Role Model'

    Somali-American Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State militants

    Factions Shift as Civilians Die in Syrian War

    Scenario likely only to further confuse military situation on ground and potentially worsen humanitarian crisis that already has grown to epic proportions

    Presidential Hopefuls Woo Minorities, Evangelicals

    Four GOP candidates to speak at forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: ali baba from: new york
    July 22, 2013 2:00 PM
    Egypt military act as a civilize people. they are not kill them as Libyan did. they are not kill their family as Iraq or Syrian. Muslim brotherhood should know better. .unfortunately Muslim brotherhood act as barbaric by killing innocent people .plan to attack American embassy. and they know that no body like them .they are barbaric

    by: john from: VA
    July 22, 2013 12:37 PM
    Morsi did not bring democratic reforms to Egypt. He is just another Islamic dictator, who wanted sharia law, and to hijack the country.
    In Response

    by: Sam Taw from: usa
    July 22, 2013 8:25 PM
    Please get your fact together. He did bring democracy but the enemy planned it from the beginning to bring him down as they want to keep the corruption as it was ..You have no clue

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortagei
    X
    February 12, 2016 7:31 PM
    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortage

    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Gateway to Mecca: Historical Old Jeddah

    Local leader Sami Nawar's family has been in the Old City of Jeddah for hundreds of years and takes us on a tour of this ancient route to Mecca, also believed to be the final resting place of Adam's wife, Eve.
    Video

    Video New Technology Aims to Bring Election Transparency to Uganda

    A team of recent graduates from Uganda’s Makerere University has created a mobile application designed to help monitor elections and expose possible rigging. The developers say the app, called E-Poll, will make Uganda's democratic process fairer. From Kampala, VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
    Video

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video Russia Bristles at NATO Expansion in E. Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting Friday with the head of NATO after the Western military alliance and the United States announced plans for the biggest military build-up in Europe since the Cold War. Russia has called NATO's moves a threat to stability in Europe. But NATO says the troop rotations and equipment are aimed at reassuring allies concerned about Russia as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
    Video

    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
    Video

    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.