Ex-minister Beshr accused of conspiracy with Norway and US
Mohamed Ali Beshr - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The former minister of local development under the Muslim Brotherhood, Ali Beshr, who has been detained since Thursday under investigation, is facing accusations of conspiring against Egypt in favor of the U.S. and Norway, according to MB lawyer Abdul Meneim Abdul Maqsoud.

The prosecution did not clarify the purpose of the claimed conspiracy plan, and will resume investigations Monday, Abdul Maqsoud—who attended the interrogation with Beshr—told Youm7 Saturday.

Renowned MB lawyer Mohamed Tosson added that the prosecution will use voice recordings as evidence against Beshr.

Beshr’s arrest and prosecution was slow in comparison to other prominent MB figures from the government of former President Mohamed Morsi, most of who were captured shortly after the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins on Aug. 14, 2013. His charges are also unique, as Morsi and his aides are facing charges of conspiracy with Qatari authorities, Hezbollah and Hamas.

Egypt has repeatedly also accused Turkey of supporting the MB, but this is first time since Morsi’s overthrow official allegations have been brought against a former official for conspiring with a European country or the U.S.

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