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US 'release Mursi' call

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 01:30

July 13 - The U.S. says Egypt's outsted president should be freed from detention. Paul Chapman reports.

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Supporters of Egypt's ousted president packed the area around the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo in their thousands as they waited for sunset to break their Ramadan fast. They're keeping up this mass vigil to demand the reinstatement of Mohamed Mursi. Mursi's been in detention since he was toppled by the army. On Friday the U.S. State Department said it agreed with Germany that Mursi should be freed and criticised the arrest of some of his Muslim Brotherhood backers. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JEN PSAKI, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON, SAYING: "We still continue to view these as politically motivated arrests and still continue to believe that they should be released. (REPORTER QUESTION: 'They call for the release of Mohamed Mursi. Do you concur or are you likely to do the same thing any time soon? You do agree that he should be released?) "We do agree." In Tahrir Square where Mursi's opponents welcome his departure such opinions were firmly rejected. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) NAWAL, ANTI-MURSI PROTESTER, SAYING: "It is unacceptable that the United States wants to control us. The people have the final word, nobody needs to tell us where our interests lie. We know better, whether Muslim or Christian, we are all united. What the army did was on behalf of the people, it wasn't a coup. We were the ones who commissioned the army to do so." Judicial sources say Mursi is likely to be charged soon, possibly for escaping jail during the 2011 uprising. He could also face charges of corruption or links to violence.

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US 'release Mursi' call

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 01:30