CAIRO: ARAB NEWS
Published — Friday 12 July 2013
Last update 17 July 2013 10:09 am
Officials in Cairo say prosecutors will investigate allegations that Egypt’s ousted president escaped from prison during the 2011 revolution with help from the Palestinian group Hamas.
According to The Associated Press, the officials say chief prosecutor Hesham Barakat has collected testimonies from a court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia that will be the base for an investigation by state security prosecutors into the jailbreak by Muhammad Mursi and more than 30 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
The question of whether Hamas helped them escape amid the chaos surrounding the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak has been debated in the media for months.
Hamas denied any role. Mursi has said that local residents helped him escape.
The developments came more than a week after Mursi was overthrown by the military.
Egypt’s Premier Hazem Al-Beblawi said he does not rule out Muslim Brotherhood members in his cabinet, even as the group vowed to keep defying the army’s ouster of Mursi.
Al-Beblawi told AFP in a telephone interview he was still considering the makeup of his interim government.