Morsy staffers arrested over 2012 Ettehadiya violence

Public prosecutors have ordered the arrest of top-ranking officials from Mohamed Morsy's presidential staff, over alleged involvement in deadly violence that erupted outside the Ettehadiya presidential palace last December.

Prosecutors ordered the detention of former presidential chief of staff Mohamed Refaa al-Tahtawy and his deputy, Asaad al-Sheikha, for 15 days pending investigations.

The pair stand accused of instigating the violence that erupted outside the palace between supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsy following his divisive Constitutional Declaration.

The declaration effectively put Morsy's decrees beyond the reach of judicial oversight.

The Heliopolis Prosecution had detained 16 suspects following the clashes. Investigators had concluded that suspects intimidated citizens, damaged property, injured police officers and set fire to police vehicles.

The clashes reportedly left at least nine killed.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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