Egypt army denies commander under house arrest

Egypt's army on Sunday dismissed reports that a top military commander had been placed under house arrest for voicing opposition to the army's ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt army denies commander under house arrest

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's army on Sunday dismissed reports that a top military commander had been placed under house arrest for voicing opposition to the army's ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

A number of local websites cited remarks by a journalist who had claimed that an army officer had told him that Assistant Defense Minister Mohamed al-Assar had been put under house arrest.

"Such reports are baseless rumors," military spokesperson Ahmed Ali said via Facebook. "Al-Assar is carrying out his duties as assistant defense minister."

"These rumors come as part of a systematic campaign to target the Egyptian army and its commanders to achieve suspicious goals for unpatriotic groups," he said.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was deposed by the powerful army on July 3 after mass demonstrations against his administration. He has been held at an undisclosed military facility ever since, according to military sources.

Under an army roadmap for post-Morsi transition, Egypt's constitution was suspended and the head of the country's constitutional court, Adly Mansour, was installed as interim president.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2013, 16:26
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