Youngest Son of Egypt’s Former President Mohamed Morsi Arrested in Cairo

FILE PHOTO: Abdullah Mursi, son of ousted president Mohamed Mursi, speaks during a verdict session in a case against 739 people involved in a 2013 sit-in, in Cairo, Egypt June 30, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egyptian police have detained the youngest son of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi from his home on the outskirts of Cairo, his family and security sources said.

Abdullah Morsi was taken into custody by security personnel for questioning on Wednesday, along with his ID and mobile phone, his brother Ahmed said, adding he would be released later in the day.

Two security sources said Abdullah was arrested on charges of “spreading false news”, in connection with an interview he gave to the Associated Press 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 President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, overthrew him in 2013, following mass protests against his rule.

Ahmed told Reuters news agency the police officers did not present a warrant for his brother’s arrest and said they were taking Abdullah for questioning.

An interior ministry spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

Abdullah is the youngest of Morsi’s five children and was sentenced to a year in jail in 2015 for alleged drug possession.

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SOURCE: Al Jazeera