Egypt says ousted president Morsi in safe place

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A supporter of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi poses with his photo as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry says the ousted president Mohammed Morsi is in a safe place and is being treated in a "very dignified manner."

Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Atti told reporters on Wednesday that no charges have been leveled against Morsi, who was ousted in popular uprising by military on July 3.

But he says "for his own safety and for the safety of the country, it is better to keep him ... otherwise, consequences will be dire."

The statement comes as Egyptian authorities escalated their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by ordering the arrest of its spiritual leader. The group remained steadfast in its defiance of the new military-backed administration and refused offers to join an interim government.

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been staging a sit-in demanding his return.

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