Morsi's youngest son released from police custody

By Hussein Qabani, Sunday, March 02, 2014

Abdullah told AA that nobody would be able to use him or any other family member as a pressure card on ousted president Morsi

Abdullah told AA that nobody would be able to use him or any other family member as a pressure card on ousted president Morsi

CAIRO – Egyptian police on Sunday released the youngest son of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and his friend pending investigation on charges of drug possession, his lawyer said.

"Abdullah and his friend have been released by the police station," Mohamed Saber, his lawyer, told Anadolu Agency.

The prosecution has earlier ordered the release of the two pending investigation on charges of drug possession.

"The prosecution is yet to receive the result of a drug testing for the two," said Saber.

"The prosecution will then decide whether to refer the case to a criminal court or not," added the lawyer.

In a statement on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said Abdullah and his friend were arrested in possession of two hashish (marijuana) cigarettes.

Abdullah, for his part, refused to comment on the charges brought against him.

"I will not talk about a baseless case," Abdullah told AA outside the police station.

"People who are better than me are still in jails on fabricated charges," he added.

Abdullah said nobody would be able to use him or any other family member as a pressure card on Morsi, who is now in jail facing multiple trials on charges of inciting the killing of demonstrators, espionage and jailbreak.

The family of the ousted president described the arrest as an attempt to "tarnish the image of honorable people."

Osama and his elder brother Ahmed have been banned by Egypt`s military-backed authorities from travelling abroad. No reasons have been given for the ban.

Morsi, Egypt`s first democratically elected president, was ousted by the army on July 3 following mass protests against his one-year presidency.

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