Egypt: ‘We want justice’: ‘We have to get to the bottom of it’
Egypt has launched an investigation into the murder of the wife of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, whose death at the hands of a mob led to weeks of violent protests and the imposition of a military government.
A video posted online by Egypt’s Information Ministry on Saturday showed a woman being carried away in a stretcher on a stretchers after being shot in the head.
The Interior Ministry said it would conduct a preliminary investigation into Monday’s killing and said it was looking into a video clip purportedly showing the victim being shot.
In a statement, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said he “rejects” the accusations.
“The Interior Minister condemns any act that could be seen as a form of violence against women or the victims of violence, in particular the assassination of a wife and the wounding of a family member,” Ibrahim said.
“The Interior and Ministry of Interior are working to find the facts of this incident and the perpetrators.”
The Interior ministry said on Saturday that police had found a cellphone with video of the shooting of the woman, who is not identified.
The government says a mob killed the wife, who was pregnant with a child, at a park in Cairo’s southern desert, and that she had her throat slit and that her body was then dumped in a canal.
Morsi was deposed by an uprising that ended months of popular unrest.
The protests were sparked by Morsi’s decision to cancel a planned trip to a luxury resort in the southern resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital.
His supporters say he was overthrown in July 2013 amid mass protests and a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
The Egyptian military ousted Morsi in July, and he was removed from power by the army.
Since his overthrow, more than 1,000 people have been killed and more than 100,000 have been arrested.
Egypt has struggled to contain the violence after more than 60 people were killed in a series of attacks in the last two weeks.