Fath Mosque imam, 359 protesters remanded into custody

Hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, including women and children, had taken refuge in the mosque after dozens of fellow protesters had been killed

Fath Mosque imam, 359 protesters remanded into custody

World Bulletin / News Desk

The imam of Fath Mosque in Cairo's Ramses Square and 359 protesters have been remanded into custody on accusations of inciting violence, a judicial source told Anadolu Agency.

Hundreds of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, including women and children, had taken refuge in the mosque after dozens of fellow protesters had been killed by security forces in the square on Friday.

More than 181 people were killed Friday in mass rallies by Morsi supporters in several Egyptian cities, held to protest Wednesday's violent dispersal of two main protest sites in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

Security forces cleared all the Fath Mosque protesters, along with journalists covering the standoff, on Saturday and took them to Tora Prison in southern Cairo.

A source with the Religious Endowment Ministry earlier told Anadolu Agency that Imam Abdel-Hafez Ghazal has been arrested over the standoff.

He added that the imam faces accusations of incitement after allowing a Morsi supporter to deliver a sermon critical of the state, army and police.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2013, 11:14
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