Egypt’s state prosecutor has ordered that ousted President Mohamed Morsi be detained over alleged collaboration with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, official MENA news agency reported.
The Muslim Brotherhood, meanwhile, has announced that the detention of Morsi signals the return of former dictator Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
Reports are emerging about thousands of protesters marching towards the Egyptian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to demonstrate support for Egypt.
A tough Friday is expected in Cairo today,
ETN reports from Cairo say: It’s Friday morning in Cairo ahead of big rallies.
More are also expected to join thousands of Morsi supporters who have been rallying against his overthrow and holding demonstrations since July 3. The Muslim Brotherhood has called on its supporters to help fill the streets in solidarity.
In another development on Friday, reports said Morsi is being detained for 15 days pending investigations on allegations of spying for Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
In the first official detention by authorities, charges also relate to prison breaks during former President Hosni Mubarak’s rule, the state news agency MENA said.
Confrontation appeared likely following a month of clashes in which close to 200 people, mainly supporters of Morsi, have died.
The army has threatened to “turn its guns” on those who use violence, while the Brotherhood has warned of civil war.
“We will not initiate any move, but will definitely react harshly against any calls for violence or black terrorism from Brotherhood leaders or their supporters,” an army official told the Reuters news agency.
ETN will update as news come in.