Prosecutors deny link between activist arrests and Morsy speech

A top judicial official on Monday has denied any links between the arrest warrants issued against anti-Muslim Brotherhood activists and President Mohamed Morsy’s speech on Sunday threatening "necessary measures" against any politician accused of inciting violence.

Mostafa Doweidar, the official spokesperson for the Public Prosecution, said that the arrest warrants against the five activists showed that they were involved in the violent incidents erupted in the area surrounding the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Moqattam.

Two hundred were injured in clashes between anti-Morsy protesters and supporters on Friday, according to the Health Ministry.

On Monday, Prosecutor General had ordered the arrest of activists Alaa Abdel Fatah, Ahmed Douma, Hazem Abdel Azim, Karim al-Shaer and Ahmed Ghoneimy and banned them from travel.

Doweidar added that the South Cairo Prosecution’s office is investigating the Moqattam clashes, while the Public Prosecution is handling investigation into the inciters of the violence.

Shaer said that he would not respond to the summons to answer to a "pro-Muslim Brotherhood prosecution," and both he and Abdel Azim said they would refuse to cooperate.

Meanwhile, members of the Kefaya movement have called for a mass prayer in front of the prosecutor general’s office and for a mass demonstration surrounding the High Court to protest the decision.

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