14 July 2013, 22:11

Russian lawmaker: Egypt events "typical 'Orange Revolution'"

Алексей Пушков

Alexei Pushkov

Alexei Pushkov

The chairman of the International Affairs Committee of Russia's State Duma has described the recent overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi as "a typical 'Orange Revolution.'"

"What's happening in Egypt is a typical 'Orange Revolution.' Now they want to lock up Morsi 'for espionage' and make [Mohammed] ElBaradei president.

Everything is transparent," Alexei Pushkov tweeted. Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi plans to finish forming a new government by Tuesday or Wednesday.

On Sunday, ElBaradei, who is leader of the National Salvation Front, was sworn in as vice resident for international relations.

Nabil Fahmy, a former ambassador to the United States, has accepted the role of interim foreign minister.

Prosecutors are meanwhile investigating complaints in which Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie are accused of spying, incitement to murdering protesters and damaging the economy, and are planning to look into Morsi's escape from prison in 2011 with alleged help from Palestinian group Hamas.

Egypt prosecutors begin questioning Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood members

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 said.

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.

Egypt's prosecutor's office announces criminal probe against Morsi

Egypt's prosecutor's office has announced the start of a criminal investigation against deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of espionage, incitement to violence and damage to the state's economy.

After his arrest on July 3 Morsi has been held at a secret location guarded by units of the national army. However, to date, no charges against him had been made.

In a statement by representatives of the prosecutor's office, besides Morsi, proceedings will be launched against eight members of the "Muslim Brotherhood", including the organization's Supreme Guide, Mohammad Badie.

The military says it deposed Morsi in a justified response to popular demand after millions of people demonstrated against him. The Brotherhood says it was a coup that reversed democracy.

Turmoil in the most populous Arab state has alarmed the United States and other Western donors. Egypt straddles the Suez Canal and signed a U.S.-brokered peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

Complaints such as those against Morsi are a first step in the criminal process, allowing prosecutors to begin an investigation that can lead to charges. Announcing the step was unusual: typically prosecutors wait until charges are filed.

The prosecutors did not say who had made the complaints. Egyptian law allows them to investigate complaints from police or any member of the public.

Badie and several other Brotherhood officials already face charges for inciting violence that were announced earlier this week, but few of them have been arrested.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, RIA, Reuters, AFP

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