A court in Egypt has ordered that ousted President Mohamed Morsi be detained over a string of accusations, including killing soldiers.
Official MENA news agency reported on Friday that investigating Judge Hassan Samir had confronted Morsi with evidence during his questioning.
However, the report did not mention where or when the ousted president had been questioned.
Morsi faces accusations including arson, destruction of prison records and “collaboration with Hamas (Palestinian resistance movement) to undertake aggressive acts in the country, attacking police facilities, officers and soldiers.”
The report also accused Morsi of “killing some prisoners, officers and soldiers deliberately and with prior intent,” adding the accusation of “kidnapping some officers and soldiers.”
The allegations go back to the final days of the rule of Egypt’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.
Late January 2011, Morsi and some members of the Muslim Brotherhood escaped from prison.
Meanwhile, Gehad El-Haddad, a spokesman for the Brotherhood denounced the accusations as “ridiculous,” saying they mark the return of the “old regime” of Mubarak.
Tension has intensified in Egypt since the head of Egypt’s armed forces, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, said on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office. He also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.
The court order comes as Egypt braces for yet another Friday of massive rival demonstrations by supporters and opponents of Morsi.
Sisi had called for nationwide protests for Friday. Egypt’s army chief said in a speech on Thursday that the nationwide move will give the army a mandate to fight “violence and terrorism,” which have engulfed Egypt following the ouster of Morsi.
Since his ouster, Morsi has been held by the army at an undisclosed location.