An Egyptian judge on Friday announced charges of espionage against the formerly elected, recently deposed and currently silenced President Mohammed Morsi, according to multiple media reports.
Morsi can now be legally detained for 15 more days while authorities investigate charges of espionage levied against him by the transitional government, according to information in Time online. This latest circumstance comes after Morsi’s lengthy status of being held “incommunicado” at an undisclosed location since the Coup D’Etat.
Meanwhile the Obama administration’s lawyers have discovered an escape hatch and concluded, states the NY Times, that they do not actually have to call the entire deposing of the elected president what everyone else believes it should be called: a coup.
This means the flow of American aid to Egypt may continue, to the tune of $1.5 billion, each year according to the story in the Times. A senior official is quoted in the Times article:
“The law does not require us to make a formal determination as to whether a coup took place, and it is not in our national interest to make such a determination.”
The official added:
“We will not say it was a coup, we will not say it was not a coup, we will just not say,” the official said.
Recently in the Examiner it was reported that Morsi’s family would sue the Egyptian army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for having “kidnapped” the elected head of state after its coup d’état. Morsi’s family claims to have no knowledge of his whereabouts or access to him.
A deputy editor of the state-owned al-Ahram Weekly, Amira Howeidy, was quoted in the Examiner story:
“There is no law that justifies this, even under the emergency law that we are very familiar with in Egypt. The military really ought to offer an explanation, press charges or liberate him.”
The manager of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Bahy Eldin Hassan, told the Telegraph of charges made against Morsi. Hassan questions the announced allegations, and believes they are made for political ends.
“There are many questions surrounding events that happened during the 2011 revolution. The parties which hold this information don’t provide it unless it is for their own interest, as what is happening in Morsi’s case.”
Video from Alexandria, Egypt shows the military using tear gas as civil unrest continues between the supporters and opponents of Morsi after rallies on July 26.