Egypt’s deposed president, Mohamed Mursi, is being detained for 15 days over his relationship with Palestinian group Hamas and a range of other accusations.
The list of charges against Mursi includes killing prisoners, officers and soldiers, arson, destruction of prison records and “collaboration with Hamas to undertake aggressive acts in the country, attacking police facilities, officers and soldiers”.
Egyptian media has been banned from covering the story and has been told it can only publish the prosecutor’s statements because of “national security.”
The news about Mursi came as millions of Egyptians were preparing to take to the streets in rallies for and against the military takeover.
The head of the army, General al-Sisi, has called for people to come out and show their support for the military and give them a mandate to confront “terrorism”
Euronews’s correspondent in Egypt, Mohammed Sheikhibrahim, says Egyptians are following the day’s events closely: “It’s a new and decisive day in Egyptian political life after the call by the army for Friday demonstrations to show support for the military’s legitimate use of force. Some Egyptians see the call as what needs to be done to achieve what they call the second revolution, whereas others think that it is a strengthening of what they see as a military coup and a beginning of security operations legitimised by the population.”
The army has warned that any attempt to use violence during rallies will be dealt with by force.