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Report: Ousted Egyptian president detained

5:11 AM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's state news agency is reported that ousted President Mohammed Morsi has been detained.

The MENA news agency says an investigating judge ordered the detention over alleged contacts with Hamas to help in the mass jailbreak of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Morsi himself, in 2011. There have been many reports in Egyptian media that the Brotherhood collaborated with Hamas, its Palestinian wing, and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon to arrange the breakout during the popular uprising that toppled Morsi's predecessor, President Hosni Mubarak.

The announcement comes after army chief Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi called for mass demonstrations today to oppose what he called "terrorism," a clear reference to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

Islamists say the general's call for mass demonstrations signals a plan to crush what they insist are their peaceful protests. The Brotherhood also has called for mass protests today.

Associated Press

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