Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been detained over alleged contacts with Hamas to help in his escape from prison in 2011, the country’s official news agency reported today.
Mr Morsi has been detained for 15 days for investigation into the charges.
Egypt’s military has been holding him in an undisclosed location since deposing him on July 3.
Mr Morsi's detention can be extended as the inquiry continues. It is believed he has already been interrogated.
The announcement comes after military strongman General Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi called for mass demonstrations today to oppose what he called “terrorism” – a clear reference to Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
t was reported that Mr Morsi is being investigated over allegations of collaborating with Hamas “to carry out anti-state acts, attacking police stations, army officers and storming prisons, setting fire to one prison and enabling inmates to flee, including himself, as well as premeditated killing of officers , soldiers and prisoners”.