Egypt’s ousted president in high-security prison

November 6, 2013 • World News

An Egyptian man reads the daily Al-Ahram newspaper fronted by pictures of the trial of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi at a coffee shop in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. After four months in secret detention, Egypt’s deposed Islamist president defiantly rejected a court’s authority to try him Monday, saying he was the country’s “legitimate” leader and those that overthrew him should face charges instead. The trial was then adjourned until Jan. 8 after several interruptions. Arabic headline reads, “details of the ousted president closed trial.” At right a painting showing Oum Kalthoum, one of the most famous Egyptian and Arab singers.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO (AP) — Deep in the desert and far from his former base of power, ousted President Mohammed Morsi is being held in a sprawling penitentiary that is notorious as one of Egypt’s highest-security prisons.

The move appears aimed not only at isolating him from other Muslim Brotherhood leaders who are jailed in Cairo but also to prevent his supporters from staging protests — or even trying to engineer a prison break, like those that occurred during the Arab Spring uprising of 2011.

Morsi spent his first night at the Borg el-Arab prison in a hospital room at the facility, complaining of high blood pressure and high blood sugar after a dramatic court appearance earlier Monday, the start of his trial on charges of Login to read more

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