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Morsi's son referred to trial for drug possession

Egyptian prosecutor Moumin Salman on Monday referred Abdullah Morsi, youngest son of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, to trial on allegations of drug use and possession. Officers say that two rolled hashish cigarettes were found in the car [AP report] of the university freshman, who was arrested [AFP report] on March 1 with a friend. A urine test given to the men following the arrest tested positive, according to the prosecution. A trial date has not yet been fixed. Abdullah's brother Osama has denied the charges, saying that the case had been fabricated by the authorities to damage the name of the Morsi family.

Abdullah Morsi's father and the Muslim Brotherhood have faced a variety of investigations and criminal charges since the former president was deposed in July. In December Egyptian prosecutors referred Mohamed Morsi to trial [JURIST report] for charges of organizing a 2011 prison break, spreading chaos and abducting policemen in the country. Earlier that month, prosecutors announced that he would be charged with acts of espionage and terrorism [JURIST report]. In November another pending trial against Morsi for allegedly murdering several protesters who rallied against him while he was in power was postponed [JURIST report] until January. In September, an Egyptian court banned the Muslim Brotherhood [JURIST report] and ordered confiscation of all of its assets. This came after the same court ordered the closure of four media outlets [JURIST report] that allegedly supported the group. The country's military forced Morsi out of power in July and suspended the nation's constitution after massive protests against Morsi and his regime.

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