Morsi lashes out at espionage charges

Ousted President Mohamed Morsi slammed espionage charges against him, deeming they have been “fabricated,” in an exclusive interview with privately owned Al-Watan newspaper Wednesday.

According to Al-Watan, Morsi seemed not as concerned about charges relating to the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace clashes, in which he and other Muslim Brotherhood members have been implicated in the killing of ten protesters in front of the palace in December 2012.

In addition, Morsi faces charges of terrorism and espionage, as well as escaping from Wadi al-Natrun prison in 2011.

Along with 35 other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi has been accused of plotting acts of terrorism, conspiring with foreign elements, and threatening Egypt’s national security by disclosing secrets to foreign powers.

“I will unveil extraordinary surprises in the trial, and I don’t care about the Ettehadiya case, because it has been fabricated. But, surprises will be revealed if the coup supporters insist on trying me for espionage,” he said to his security guards, according to Al-Watan.

If the trial goes ahead, Morsi said he would request that former Field Marshall and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces under Mubarak Hussein Tantawi and former Chief-of-Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Sami Anan also stand before the court.

“If I’m accused of espionage since January 25, 2011, why did they remain silent all this time? How did they allow me to run for presidential elections and become the elected president?” Morsi asked.

He claimed that certain “big countries” would not allow the trial to take place, maintaining they would pressure the Egyptian authorities not to hold the trial, Al-Watan added.

“I will scandalize all involved parties and not allow it [the trial] to happen. I will request the testimony of former and current leadership of the intelligence services, security forces and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces,” he threatened.

Morsi said he was told by Tantawi that he was preferred as a president to Khairat al-Shater, during one of the meetings held between Brotherhood leaders and the former Supreme Council for the Armed Forces, following a decision by the Brotherhood to nominate both the group’s chief financier Shater and Morsi for the presidential elections in 2012. 

Morsi claimed Tantawi said, “We do not prefer Shater for the presidency; if he wins, he will take us too far. You have no problems, and the ballot box will determine who is the winner and the army will respect the result.”

The deposed president added that he would demand to face current head of the Armed Forces Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in his capacity as former head of military intelligence and defense minister if the trial goes ahead.

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