The family of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said on Sunday he would not enter any negotiations or accept any compromises following a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by military-backed authorities, Reuters reports.
Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3 following mass protests against his rule. Authorities have since launched a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood, killing hundreds at protest camps and marches and arresting about 2,000 activists and group members, including the movement’s Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie.
Morsi has been held in a secret location since his overthrow and has not been seen. He is due to face trial on November 4 on charges of inciting violence.
“The president will not retreat, or negotiate or accept compromises especially after all the martyrs, the wounded, the arrested and missing,” his family said in a statement carried on the Muslim Brotherhood’s website and quoted by Reuters.
“No matter how much they try to keep him away, the president will not retreat from a return to the democratic path, even if his soul is the price of this democratic path,” the family said in a statement to mark the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.
Earlier Sunday it was reported that Morsi will be detained for another 30 days as investigations into his escape from prison during the 2011 uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak continue.
Morsi is accused to have plotted attacks on jails in the uprising that overthrew Mubarak and of conspiring with the Hamas terrorist group in this plot.