Egyptian Lawyer Sues Ousted President Morsi Over Decorations

Monday, February 10, 2014

By Islam Mosaad

An Egyptian lawmaker has accused ousted president Mohamed Morsi of wasting thousands of dollars in the form of rewards and decorations during his one year in power.

In a lawsuit, the lawyer, Samir Sabri, said that the ousted president's decorations had cost the country about 177,000 pounds ($25.300) per month.

He argued that Morsi's decorations had cost the country about 2.12 million pounds (roughly $304,000) during his one year in power.

But a member of Morsi's defense team described the accusations as "malicious".

"These allegations are groundless," Ayman Nahed told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

He went on to argue that Morsi opponents are "trying to create a media fuss".

"They aim to libel Morsi and his regime for political revenge," he said.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was removed from power by the military on July 3 following mass protests against his presidency.

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