Egyptian ex-President Morsi’s son questioned, released by police

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Egyptian police have detained the youngest son of overthrown former President Mohamed Morsi from his home on the outskirts of Cairo on Wednesday, then released him on bail hours later, his family and security sources said.

Attorney General Nabil Sadek issued a brief statement late Wednesday ordering the release on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($280) on the charges after questioning by Egypt’s Supreme State Security Prosecution.

Abdullah Morsi was taken into custody by security personnel for questioning along with his ID and mobile phone, but when he was released his phone was not returned, his brother Ahmed said.

Two security sources said Abdullah was arrested on charges of “spreading false news”, in connection with an interview he gave to the Associated Press (AP) news agency last week that focused on his father’s detention.

The former president, a senior figure in the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, has been jailed and held in solitary confinement since the army, led by then-general and now-President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, overthrew him in 2013, following mass protests against his rule.

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