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Egyptian FM says Morsi not "shrine" for visitors

CAIRO. Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is not a “shrine” for visitors and he was being investigated in connection with a number of issues, newly-appointed Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Wednesday.
An egyptian child stands next to poster of the Egypt’s ousted President Morsi. Net photo.
An egyptian child stands next to poster of the Egypt’s ousted President Morsi. Net photo.

CAIRO. Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is not a “shrine” for visitors and he was being investigated in connection with a number of issues, newly-appointed Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Wednesday.

Visits to Morsi by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and an African Union (AU) delegation were aimed at allowing the visitors to get information from Morsi on what happened in Egypt, he explained.

But it did not mean that Morsi was an attraction site for visitors, Fahmy was quoted as saying by Egypt’s official news agency MENA.

All people who have met Morsi reiterated support for Egypt’s roadmap plan, as well as their condemnation of acts of violence and terrorism, he added.

The foreign minister said an Egyptian human rights group also wanted to visit Morsi, but the deposed president refused to meet them.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Fayiq, who headed the human rights group, told Xinhua that Morsi was “treated with dignity and respect” and that his health and living conditions were “good.”

Fayiq said he has met Rifaah el-Tahtawy, who had been assigned by the toppled leader to talk with the human rights group.

Morsi, deposed on July 3 after massive protests against his rule, is being detained at an undisclosed location. He has not been seen publicly since his ouster.

On Friday, a top Egyptian court ordered the detention of Morsi for 15 days for investigations over charges of spying and jailbreak during the 2011 unrest that toppled then President Hosni Mubarak.

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