CAIRO (AP) — In a story Feb. 17 about an Egyptian military tribunal, The Associated Press, relying on a prosecutor, reported that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi would stand trial before it on charges over violence in August 2013 in the city of Suez. A judicial official later said Morsi and senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater would not face charges as both were in custody at the time of the violence.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Official denies Egypt’s Morsi referred to military tribunal
Official denies Egypt’s toppled president, Brotherhood deputy referred to military tribunal
By SARAH EL DEEB
CAIRO (AP) — A judicial official in Egypt has denied that the country’s toppled Islamist president and a deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood have been referred to a military tribunal.
The official said late Tuesday that prosecutors initially named ousted President Mohammed Morsi and Khairat el-Shater, a senior leader of the Brotherhood, as defendants in a trial over violence in August 2013 in the city of Suez. The official says that announcement was made in error, as military prosecutors did not charge Morsi or el-Shater among the 199 defendants.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to brief journalists.
The violence came after the military’s July 2013 ouster of Morsi, who was immediately detained. Authorities later detained el-Shater.
The Suez violence killed 31 people.
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