July 4th, 2013
05:17 PM ET

Egyptian forces move against Muslim Brotherhood

A day after deposing the nation's first democratically elected president, Egypt's top prosecutor opened an investigation into claims that deposed President Mohamed Morsy and top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood incited violence and the killing of protesters.

The prosecutor, Gen. Abdel Maquid Mahmoud, issued an order preventing Morsy and 35 others from leaving the country while they are under investigation, state-run Middle East News Agency and EgyNews reported Thursday, citing the prosecutor's office.

The news came as Egypt's security forces moved to arrest leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who supported Morsy's rule and to silence their communications outlets.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad told CNN that Morsy was initially under house arrest at the presidential Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo and later moved to the Ministry of Defense; the military has not commented on Morsy's whereabouts.

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  1. Skorpio

    Mustafa Kemal, modern Turkey' founder (1881-1938), killed thousands of Muslim CLERICS in order to transform Turkey into a secular and stable country. Perhaps Egypt needs to do the same thing.

    July 6, 2013 at 7:16 am | Reply
  2. Ashraf

    Muslim brotherhood is a group of terrorists.

    Don't believe that the Army is shooting them till now they are the ones who carry deadly weapons.

    Some video's have been released showing that they killed one their supporters from behind to make the crowd say that army is shooting them.

    Kindly, ask president Obama,,, Why do you support a terrorist group of Muslim brotherhood in Egypt.

    And you have heard last month that Morsy has nominated Adel Al-Khiat as a governor for Luxor and he is of the terrorists who killed the tourists in Luxor in 1997 .... Is this reward for killing people.

    In addition to the hate speech against our Christian brothers.

    That who we are... I mean real Egyptian Muslims who loves people regardless of their religion or Beliefs.

    July 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  3. Cashmere Mafia

    Too bad they had an opportunity to keep the Muslim Brotherhood out of govt and blew it! Mubarak banned them from holding any legitimate office for 3 decades for a reason!!!

    July 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  4. salma

    What happened in Egypt is a military coup. Morsi is our elected president. The military and police are attacking the pro-Morsi supporters and the pro morsi media is totally shut off. where is democracy here?

    July 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  5. Tom1940

    The only thing comparable to the Egyptian Military moving against the Muslim Brotherhood, will be when the Voters move against the Democrat Party on election day of 2014, casting all of those "out of touch" with the people – OUT!

    July 5, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
  6. Pete

    Glad to see acountry in Egypt being responsible to a point in not slaughtering its protestors like Syria has and other middle eastern countrys than saying publicly they're all about honoring peoples rights,how callus,hypocrital !!Maybe a collective agreement can be made between Morsys backers and the ones who want him removed and a peaceful election again can take place..Until then all foriegn aid should be cut until again a legitimate compromise can be reached with all sides agreeing on its outcome...

    July 5, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
  7. massoud

    The US should stop all foreign aid, foreign entanglements, foreign Nation building , and tell the United Nations, NATO, IMF, World Bank and Federal Reserve to take a hike, with that being said I am very happy for the people of Egypt to see the Muslim Brotherhood and their puppet Morsi overthrown .

    July 5, 2013 at 1:32 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      The Egyptians are extremely lucky that this first attempt to establish a "democracy" was stopped in only one year! Your military did the right thing, now it is up to the Egyptian people to vote more responsibly next time! Learn from this!

      July 5, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
    • Jomama

      For once I agree with you. Ever since I seen some Egyptian posts now I'm getting a clearer idea what's happening.

      July 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
      • Jomama

        The only country in the middle east exercising free will and the brotherhood can take a hike. All the other places are so dogged down by religion and are afraid to say what they actually think. Religion go figure over there over here same crap!

        July 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
  8. soha

    Many egyptians are against this ...not fair ....no democracy ..

    July 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Morsy had no intentions of running Egypt "democratically", the military did the right thing for Egypt – AND for the US! Obama should sent a big "Thank you" note, with roses and champagne!!!

      July 5, 2013 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      "Many Egyptians" does not mean a "majority of Egyptians"!
      Egyptians are extremely lucky that their first adventure into "democracy" was stopped by their own military! Morsy, and his Muslim Brotherhood, had no intentions of governing Egypt "democratically"! The USA knew this would be a disaster even before the elections. Now it is back into the hands of the Egyptian people to be more responsible and vote for a representative of all Egyptians. Learn from this! Be careful who you vote for, this is a serious responsibility!

      July 5, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  9. James Hall

    This is a great lesson on why anti-progress religious conservatives of all faiths should stay the fk out of government. and politics. Governments should never tell it's people which God to worship or have an officially favored God. Specifically in America right wing evangelicals should STFU.

    July 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @James Hall,yes the seperation of church and state with religious churches or anything involved in politics should lose their tax exempt status,Billy Graham and his ilk for one example!!

      July 5, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
  10. MIB

    If the brotherhood is found guilty of this their credibility is hopefully finished.

    July 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      They had credibility?

      July 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
      • MIB

        Yeah I know, trying to understand politics over there.

        July 5, 2013 at 4:05 am |
      • MIB

        Now they will resort to violence Ive been reading about them. Religion and Politics together is a disaster.

        July 5, 2013 at 4:37 am |
      • MIB

        The scary option for the brotherhood is to resign fast enough with minimal damage, and try to make sure the Brotherhood remains a full part of the political process.

        July 5, 2013 at 5:18 am |

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