Abigail Hauslohner and Sharaf al-Hourani
The Washington Post
July 26, 2013

Egyptian authorities on Friday took their first formal legal steps against Mohamed Morsi since he was deposed as president earlier this month, ordering his detention and announcing an investigation into allegations including espionage and murder, as clashes broke out between rival demonstrators who took to the streets to support or protest his ouster.

Judicial authorities said prosecutors are investigating charges that Morsi conspired with the militant Islamist organization Hamas in a 2011 prison break that freed him and about 30 other Muslim Brotherhood members during the Arab Spring uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

The charges also include murder and kidnapping in connection with the prison break northwest of Cairo, in which Hamas gunmen allegedly attacked the facility at the behest of Morsi and the Brotherhood, killing 14 guards.

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