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Morsi’s son arrested for drug possession near Cairo

Abdullah Morsi, the son of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, was arrested for posession of two hashish cigarettes found in his car.

CAIRO // Mohammed Morsi’s youngest son was arrested on Saturday outside of Cairo after police said they found hashish in his car.

The Mena news agency said police arrested Abdullah Morsi, 20, a university freshman, on suspension of drug possession after a police patrol found a suspicious car parked on the side of the road in El Obour city, east of Cairo. Officers found two hashish cigarettes in the car, the agency reported.

Investigating police officer Lt Col Hazem Saad said Mr Morsi’s son confessed to possession of the hashish — said to be around 5 grams.

A security official said the car’s passengers were Mr Morsi’s son and a friend.

Abdullah’s older brother, Osama, rejected the accusations, calling them fabricated.

He said his brother just had been transferred to prosecutors and could not have confessed since there had not been an interrogation yet.

“This is an attempt to smear our image,” said Osama Morsi, a lawyer. “Half the members of this government consume alcohol and they are now accusing Morsi’s son of consuming a substance that alters consciousness.”

Mr Morsi was removed in a popularly backed military overthrow in July and has been in detention since, facing four separate trials. His family so far has stayed out of legal trouble amid a crackdown on Mr Morsi supporters and leading members of his group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

* Associated Press