Egypt charges Mursi with leaking state secrets to Qatar

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Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi stands behind bars during his trial at a court in Cairo,  May 8, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi stands behind bars during his trial at a court in Cairo, May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Egypt charged ousted president Mohamed Mursi and nine others on Saturday with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar, furthering a state crackdown on his outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Relations between Qatar, a Gulf Arab state, and Egypt have been icy since July 2013, when Egypt’s then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Mursi after protests against his rule.

Qatar had supported Mursi, who is already in jail along with thousands of Brotherhood members, many of whom have been sentenced to death on separate charges.

Security sources had said last month that Egypt was investigating Mursi in connection with documents they said were leaked to Qatar and its satellite news channel Al Jazeera.

The Egyptian public prosecutor’s office said on Saturday its secret investigation had unearthed enough evidence of espionage to charge Mursi and nine others in a criminal court. The maximum penalty if convicted is death.

“The inquiries … exposed humiliating facts and the extent of the largest conspiracy and treason carried out by the terrorist Brotherhood organization against the nation through a network of spies,” it said in a three-page statement.

The public prosecutor said Mursi’s aides were involved in leaking to Qatari intelligence and Al Jazeera, documents which exposed the location of and weapons held by the Egyptian armed forces and detailed the country’s foreign and domestic policies.

The Qatari Foreign Ministry in Doha did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the accusations. Al Jazeera, which has been banned from Egypt, has denied any bias in reporting events there or any role in aiding the Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood dismissed the charges as political.

“Today is the start of yet another kangaroo trial… Mursi’s trials are politically motivated cases with trumped up charges and a corrupt judiciary presiding over it,” Abdulla El-Haddad, a Brotherhood spokesman based in Britain, said by email.

Mursi faces trial in five other cases as well, on charges ranging from violence to insulting the judiciary.

While Sisi has gone on to election as president, Mursi and other Brotherhood leaders as well as the leading lights of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, many of them secular activists, now languish in jail.

Hopes of democratic change inspired by the revolt in the most populous Arab country have since faded.

Sisi promised during his election campaign that the Muslim Brotherhood would cease to exist under his rule.

Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Brotherhood supporters during protests against Mursi’s ouster and thousands of others have since been jailed.

Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement, once among Egypt’s most formidable political forces, has been branded a terrorist group and its assets have been seized by the state. The Brotherhood formally renounced violence as a means of political change decades ago and has denied any role in more recent bloodshed.

THE SECRETARY, HIS DAUGHTER AND THE AIR STEWARD

In a detailed statement, the prosecutor said his inquiry had found that Mursi’s secretary Amin al-Srifi abused his position to slip documents from Egypt’s security agencies to Jordanian Al Jazeera journalist Alaa Sabalan via his own daughter Karima and four other intermediaries.

It said Sabalan later flew to Doha and met with Al Jazeera news editor Ibrahim Hilal and a senior Qatari intelligence officer and a deal was reached for Mursi’s aides to hand over the documents in return for $1 million.

It added that part of that sum was paid after documents were handed over at Doha airport by an Egyptair steward who acted as a go-between. Subsequent interrogations had also linked Mursi and his office manager Ahmed Abdelatti to the case, it said.

Egypt’s public prosecutor charged Mursi and his two aides, Abdelatti and Srifi, as well as seven others including Sabalan and the air steward in the case. Three of the accused, including Sabalan and senior Jazeera editor Hilal, are at large and the prosecutor called for their arrest pending trial.

Egypt’s rulers are deeply suspicious of Qatar and anyone who supports the Brotherhood. Egyptian authorities have long since closed down the Al Jazeera office in Cairo.

Earlier this year, an Egyptian court jailed three Al Jazeera journalists for up to 10 years on charges of aiding “a terrorist group” by broadcasting misinformation that harmed national security. Al Jazeera has said the charges are baseless.

Reuters

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12 responses to “Egypt charges Mursi with leaking state secrets to Qatar”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Nothing worse than having a President who’s a Wikileaker. :-)))))

    1. He is now Edward Assange Mursi

  2. Patience2 Avatar

    They’re doing it slowly and carefully, but, after Mursi’s execution things SHOULD calm down a bit, eh?

  3. “There will be devastation all around the World. Ultimately, Egypt will also be ruined, but until Basra is destroyed, Egypt will remain secure. The destruction of Basra will be due to Iraq’s destruction. Meanwhile, the downfall of Egypt will come with the drying up of the Nile…” (Qurtubi, Mukhtasar Tazkirah, p. 530)

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Wow Wargame … I thought we had lost you. Nice you’re still publishing. 🙂
      Now, let me see if I got this right.
      A Kinda man, who’s a Limper (sort of derogatory term – like ‘Gimp’), will arrive to buy Arabian women in Damascus for ONLY twenty-five dirhams – slightly before the time of the Disabled Olympics being held in Egypt??
      Then the Nile dries up because too many Ethiopians bought my ‘Square-Meter Buckets®’?

      (hmmm … I better pump up production …)

  4. TWO SELF PROCLAIMED KHALIFA FROM THE EAST AND FROM THE WEST (I THINK WE HAVE SEEN THE FIRST ONE FROM THE EAST I.E. BAGDADI)
    “When there comes to you a document from the East that will be read out to you as: “From the slave of Allah,’Abdullah, Amir al-Mu’mineen (Prince of the Faithful Believers),” then await another document coming to you from the West that will be read out to you as: “From the slave of Allah, ‘Abd-Rahman, Amir al-Mu’mineen (Prince of the Faithful Believers).” Then, by He (God) in whose hand is Huzayfa’s soul, you will fight them near Al-Qantarah, and they will expel you far, far away from the land of Egypt and the land of AshSham, and an Arabian woman will be sold at the stairs of Damascus for twenty-five dirhams.” (Nuaim bin Hammad, Kitab al-Fitan, No. 52)

  5. the invasion of Egypt is coming by the Khwarij of Magreb (Morocco Tunisia Algeria)
    Ka’b bin Alqama said: “If the Maghreb invades Egypt…the chief of the Maghreb will be a man from Kinda who is A’raj (can not walk properly).” (Nuaim bin Hammad’s book Kitab Al-Fitan)

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    The Roman invasion of Egypt as after this event.

  6. Reported on a chain of transmission on the authority of Ka’b bin Alqama “The sign of the Mahdi’s appearance will be battalions coming from the Maghreb, lead by A’raj (Limper) from ‘Kinda. )” (Nuaim bin Hammad’s Kitab Al-Fitan page 205)
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    The army from the Magreb (Morocco tunisia Algeria) will officially come out when Mecca and Medina is attacked (Eastern Fitna i.e.tribulation) by the Syrian regime and by ISIS. Iran will covertly attack Saudi Arabia through their ISIS dogs and Syrian regime. It seems an attack on Mecca and Medina is close. According to the prophesy these attack resumes during the month of pilgrime (Jul Hijja) and it will continue some months including muharram

  7. Najeeb bin Al-Sirri said: “People of Maghreb go on 2 expeditions: one of them ends by reaching Qantara of Fustat (old Cairo) and tie their horses to it. The other one (expedition) is to AshSham (Greater Syria).” (Nuaim bin Hammad’s book Kitab Al-Fitan)

  8. Aqba bin Amer Al-Juhni said: ” If the People of Maghreb go on an expedition, the Romans will take over the Maghreb. Alexandria and Egypt and the coast of AshSham will be devastated.” (Nuaim bin Hammad’s bookKitab Al-Fitan)

  9. Najeeb bin Al-Sirri said: “Abd-Rahman leads the People of Maghreb in an expedition when the Romans have taken over Alexandria. So, they (People of Maghreb) will fight them (Romans) and defeat them and get them out.” (Nuaim bin Hammad’s book Kitab Al-Fitan)

    The battle of Alexandria will happen after the invasion by the people of magreb.

  10. Abi Otba, a Mala of Amr bin Al-Aas said: ” Egypt will be devastated when it gets hit by the four arrows: the arrow of the Turks , arrow of the Romans, arrow of Abyssinia (Ethiopia or East Africa), and arrow of people of Andalusia.” (Nuaim bin Hammad’s Kitab al-Fitan)

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