CAIRO (AFP) – Investigators began questioning Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of his Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday over their involvement in a 2011 prison break, judicial sources told AFP.
The inquiry follows allegations that Morsi and senior Brotherhood members escaped from Wadi Natrun prison during the uprising that ended former president Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule.
Investigators are examining whether foreign groups such as Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah were involved in the jailbreak.
State Security prosecution service investigators interviewed Morsi at an undisclosed location, the judicial sources said.
It came hours after the public prosecutor received complaints against Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders, accusing them of spying, inciting violence and damaging the economy.
Morsi, who was overthrown by Egypt’s powerful army on July 3, is being held in a “safe place”, interim leaders have said.
His supporters accuse the military of violating democratic principles by removing an elected leader from office, and have vowed to keep fighting for his reinstatement.
The interim authorities are working to an army-drafted roadmap, and Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi is closer to forming a cabinet.
Parliamentary and presidential elections are expected next year.