Middle East

Mohammed Morsi 'steadfast' in jail, says wife after visit

Naglaa Ali in a file photo
Image caption Mrs Ali said she had not discussed her husband's health with him (file photo)

The wife of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, has visited him in jail and says he is "steadfast".

Naglaa Ali was one of several relatives to visit Mr Morsi on Wednesday in the Borg al-Arab prison near Alexandria.

Mr Morsi, an Islamist who was Egypt's first democratically elected president, is on trial on charges of inciting the killing of protesters during clashes in Cairo last year.

The military ousted him in July. The trial has been adjourned until January.

Fourteen officials from the Muslim Brotherhood, to which Mr Morsi belongs, are also being tried.

"Thank God, it's just like I saw him yesterday. He is more steadfast and bold," Mrs Ali told the Associated Press on Thursday.

"It was just as I expected," she went on.

Ongoing tensions

The ex-president is accused of "incitement to murder and violence" over the deaths of at least 10 people during intense clashes in December 2012 which followed a decree that gave him wide-ranging powers.

After he was ousted in July, a sit-in protest in Cairo by Mr Morsi's supporters was violently broken up by the military, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people.

The interim government has also cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood, banning the Islamist organisation and arresting dozens of its senior figures.

His supporters say he was removed in a coup and is now facing a politicised trial. Human rights groups accuse the security services of acting without accountability.