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Morsi's fugitive son arrested at Egypt train station

18 july 2014, 12:20
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Abdullah Morsi. Photo courtesy of mynewshub.my
Abdullah Morsi. Photo courtesy of mynewshub.my

A son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to a year in prison for possession and use of hashish, was arrested early Friday at a train station south of Cairo, AFP reports according to security officials.

Abdullah Morsi, 19, who security officials said was on the run, was arrested while boarding a train heading to Upper Egypt. His arrest was also reported by the official MENA news agency.

An Egyptian court on July 2 had sentenced him and one of his friends to a year in prison.

The two were initially arrested on March 1 after allegedly being found in possession of two hashish joints while they were in a car parked by the roadside in Qalyubia province, north of Cairo.

But they were freed the next day pending investigation after agreeing to give urine samples, which the prosecution says tested positive.

A court in Banha, in the Nile Delta province of Qalyubia north of Cairo, handed down sentences of one year in jail and fines of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (around $1,400 or 1,025 euros) each.

Abdullah Morsi was not present when the court delivered the verdict, which can be appealed.

Defence lawyer Mohamed Abu Leila said at the time that the case "was fabricated", while Morsi's other son Osama Morsi told AFP that the case against his brother was an attempt to defame his family.

The presiding judge of the Benha Criminal Court said the court used the utmost degree of mercy towards Morsi's son Abdullah and his friend because they are students and "due to their young age".


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