CAIRO: A Sunday press conference by Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim announced new accusations of spying against the daughter of an aide to former President Mohamed Morsi, Karima al-Serafy, reported Youm 7.
During the conference, Ibrahim said Morsi cooperated with others to smuggle important national security documents to Qatar by instructing his aide, Amin al-Serafy, to have his daughter smuggle the documents.
Ibrahim also said Al-Jazeera aired some of the smuggled documents.
Since the July 3 ouster of Morsi, the Qatari Al-Jazeera network has been seen as an unofficial mouthpiece of the Brotherhood, and a number of their journalists have been arrested on charges of “spreading false news.” The network’s correspondent Peter Greste was arrested with other local colleagues on Dec. 29, 2013, in what Egyptian media has come to call the “Marriott Terror Cell.”
Ibrahim said five suspects in the Morsi case were remanded to custody after an escape attempt, adding that the defendants include the son of a private body guard for the former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Kamel, Ibrahim Ahmed, Nahed el-Gendy and Mohamed Kamel.