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article imageMohamed Morsi accused of killings, the US wants him freed

By Eko Armunanto     Jul 14, 2013 in World
The US government has called on Egyptian army to free the ousted Mohamed Morsi amid the ongoing protests on the first Friday of Ramadan, while the deposed president and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders are being accused of killing protesters.
Washington had so far avoided calling in public for the release of Mohammed Morsi, only urging the Egyptian army to stop arbitrary arrests without specifically referring to the deposed president, says the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Washington. But after Germany said Morsi should be freed from house arrest, the US was put on the spot. Earlier Friday, Germany's foreign ministry urged the Egyptian authorities to end restrictions on Morsi and allow an international organization, such as the Red Cross, access to him. Asked if the US agreed that he should be released, state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters: "We do agree."
The US says it is examining whether the military takeover constitutes a coup – US law prohibits the sending of aid to any country whose elected leader is deposed by a military coup.
The Head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party Abu El-Ghar argues that releasing deposed president Morsi should be part of reconciliation with Brotherhood, according to the state-run Ahram Online. He told Al-Arabiya channel late Friday that Morsi should return home, unless he is required to stand before justice. The former president has been held in a "safe place" and has not been seen in public since his ouster on July 3. His supporters have been staging demonstrations nationwide calling for his release and reinstatement after the army removed him amid mass protests against his rule.
Meanwhile, the ousted President Mohamed Morsi and several leaders and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are being investigated on accusations of killing protesters and spying, says CNN citing the state-run EGYNews website. The state prosecutor decided to open the investigation after receiving complaints against him and several leaders of his Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as against the Brotherhood's Guidance office and several Brotherhood members, said Deputy Prosecutor General Adel al-Said.
Responding to the accusation, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the detentions of Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood were politically motivated and urged the military to let them go. The US statements marked the first time the U.S. has publicly called for Morsi's release, but they also reflected the difficult balance the Obama administration is trying to strike.
Egypt is growing ever more divided between supporters of Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, and liberals who accuse him of running an abusive Islamist theocracy. “U.S. officials are working with Egypt's interim government, which cheered Thursday when Psaki said Morsi's yearlong administration wasn't a democratic rule,” says the Los Angeles Time.
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