The State Security Prosecution released, on Saturday 9/12/ 2006, Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood Executive Bureau member and Dr. Essam Al-Erian, a leader in the group and a undersecretary-general to Egypt’s Doctors Syndicate, and they were put under the house arrest!
The court will hear the request of lifting their house arrest within the coming days.
Dr. Mohamed Morsi and Essam Al-Erian have spent six months behind bars; they were arrested while participating in the demonstrations in solidarity with the judges last May, when the regime referred two judges to a disciplinary panel for attacking riggings in the last legislative elections.
Abdul Monem Abdul Maqsoud- the Muslim Brotherhood lawyer- that the decision of the house arrest is strange and rejected, specially that the prosecution completed its investigations with the defendants five months ago, and there is nothing that requires putting them under provisional detention or even a house arrest.
He added that the decision of putting them under house arrest is similar to provisional detention, one of the substitutes provided by the imprisonment law; he said that the decision doesn’t serve or affect the investigations; this is because they were wrapped up five months ago; consequently, the house arrest decision is void and null.
Abdul Maqsood justified this by saying those under house arrest are former MPs in the Egyptian parliament, and are public figures, and they can’t escape abroad because they are already banned from travelling abroad.