CAIRO, Qahirah,Â Aug 12, 2013Â (AFP)
Egypt’s judiciary saidÂ MondayÂ it wasÂ extending ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s detention for a further 15 daysÂ pending an investigation into his collaboration with Hamas.
Morsi, overthrown by the military onÂ July 3, was placed in detention onÂ July 26 over his links with the Palestinian Islamist militant group, whichÂ rules neighbouring Gaza.
He is to be questioned on whether he collaborated with Hamas in attacks onÂ police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, when Islamist and otherÂ political inmates escaped during a revolt against strongman Hosni Mubarak.
The alleged crimes are being investigated by a Cairo court probing howÂ inmates broke out of a prison in late January 2011.
OnÂ June 23, the court said Hamas militants facilitated the escape ofÂ prisoners during the tumultuous 18-day uprising that forced out Mubarak.
At the time, Morsi, then a senior Brotherhood leader and whose whereaboutsÂ are now being kept secret, told a television station that local Egyptians hadÂ helped the prisoners escape.
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