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Morsi's son conveys message to supporters

The son of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi announced that he has received a letter from his father saying: "the military coup is ending soon."


The son, Usama, added: "My father also pledges that retribution for the blood of the people killed in the anti-coup protests will be achieved."


Speaking via loudspeaker to anti-coup protesters in Al-Minya, which is approximately 245 kilometres south of Cairo, Usama said: "My father sends you good news about the coup. He says that victory is near, because the coup is ending and justice for the martyrs will be achieved very soon."

Usama also passed his father's greetings to the anti-coup protesters and to the Egyptian people. He said: "My father says to you: happy eid on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha."

Usama has frequently commented on the Cairo Appeal Court's decision to prosecute his father, who was ousted by a military coup. He accuses the prosecution of "violating constitutional legitimacy".

Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected president. Coming from an Islamic background, he was confronted with fierce leftist and secularist opposition. The Egyptian army forcibly removed him on July 3, only one year after taking office.

He is being accused of killing demonstrators in front of the presidential palace, Al-Itihadiya, while in office. He is also being accused of collaboration with Hamas and participating in plot to free prisoners during the January 25 revolution.

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