Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is likely to be transferred to the same Cairo prison as former leader Hosni Mubarak, says the interior minister. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Mursi, who has been accused of murder amongst other crimes, is likely to be transferred to the same Cairo prison former leader Hosni Mubarak is being held, the interior minister said on Saturday. At a news conference, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim told reporters that Mursi's fate will be decided by the investigating judge. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, MOHAMED IBRAHIM, SAYING: "With regards to the detention of the former president, of course you know there has been a ruling that he be detained for 15 days. The decision on where he will be sent will be up to the investigative judge. He will decide on where he will be detained. Once the decision has been taken, if it's a prison belonging to the Ministry of the Interior, he will be held in a highly secured prison to prevent any attacks on it." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, MOHAMED IBRAHIM, SAYING: "[asked where Mursi will be held] I don't wish to… most likely Torah" Ibrahim also said pro-Mursi sit-ins at the Raba'a al-Adawiya mosque in Nasser city and near Cairo University would soon be cleared out, on the same day the Muslim Brotherhood says over 70 protesters were shot dead by the security forces. The minister, who accused the pro-Mursi camp of exaggerating the numbers killed in clashes, said security forces used teargas to disperse demonstrators on a bridge because of concerns they could cause the bridge to collapse by burning vehicle tyres. But he said the security forces had not used any live ammunition. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN INTERIOR MINISTER, MOHAMED IBRAHIM, SAYING: "I want to confirm again that the Interior Ministry never fires live bullets on any Egyptian. With regards to the clearing of the two sit-ins, there is complete coordination between us and the armed forces, and there will soon be meetings to set the proper time and date to carry this clearing out, in agreement with the complaints that have been filed with the Prosecutor so that there is legal cover." Over 200 people, mostly Mursi supporters, have been killed since Mursi was deposed on July 3, and Egyptians are sharply divided amongst those who support his reinstatement and those who came out in numbers to demand his resignation.