Morsi accused of smuggling top secret documents to Qatar

Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has been accused of smuggling top secret documents to Qatar through Doha-based Al-Jazeera Channel harming national security during his rule.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 28, 2014, 21:23 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has been accused of smuggling top secret documents to Qatar through Doha-based Al-Jazeera Channel harming national security during his rule.

The toppled and jailed president has been charged with passing secret files to Qatar, a close ally of his Muslim Brotherhood group, through Al-Jazeera hampering national security, media reports said.

The Egyptian prosecutor general extended the detention of Morsi for another 15 days, pending investigations into the fresh charges, according to MENA state news agency.

The investigators of the General Prosecution yesterday moved to Tora Prison, where Morsi has been lodged, to question and confront him with the?allegations, the agency said.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected President who was ousted by the army in July 2013 amid nationwide protests against his year-long rule, is already facing charges of killing peaceful protesters, espionage, escaping from prison during the January 25 Revolution in 2011, and insulting the jurisdiction.

So far he has not been sentenced in any case.

The Muslim Brotherhood won a series of electoral victories after the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, culminating in Morsi's election the following year.

The military toppled him following massive protests demanding his resignation.

The ouster of the Islamist leader strained relations between Egypt and Qatar, as Cairo accuses the Gulf nation and its Al-Jazeera network of supporting Morsi and his group.