Egypt extends Morsi detention for 15 days

Egypt’s judiciary extended ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s detention yesterday as his supporters marched through Cairo in defiance of the expiry of a government ultimatum to dismantle their huge protest camps.

The judiciary said it was extending Morsi’s detention for a further 15 days pending an investigation into his collaboration with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas which rules Gaza.

Overthrown by the military on July 3, Morsi was placed in detention on July 26 over his links with the militant group.

He is to be questioned on whether he collaborated with Hamas in attacks on police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, when Islamist and other political inmates escaped during a revolution which overthrew strongman Hosni Mubarak.

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