Mursi family vows legal action against Egypt general over 'kidnap'

Osama Mohamed Mursi (above), son of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi, speaks during a press conference in Cairo on Monday, July 22, 2013. The family of Mohamed Mursi is to take legal action against Egypt's army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Si
Osama Mohamed Mursi (above), son of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi, speaks during a press conference in Cairo on Monday, July 22, 2013. The family of Mohamed Mursi is to take legal action against Egypt's army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for "kidnapping" the president, his daughter said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO, July 22, 2013 (AFP/AP) - The family of Mohamed Mursi is to take legal action against Egypt's army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for "kidnapping" the president, his daughter said on Monday.

"We are taking local and international legal measures against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the leader of the bloody military coup, and his putschist group," Ms Shaimaa Mohamed Mursi told reporters.

The Mursi family is accusing the country's military of "kidnapping" him, and says it holds the military responsible for his "safety and security".

The statement is the first from Mr Mursi's family since the military overthrew him on July 3. His daughter Shaimaa read out the statement at a news conference on Monday in Cairo.

Mr Mursi has been held incommunicado at an undisclosed location since the military coup. Government officials have said he is safe and is being held for his own protection.

Mr Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood and his Islamist allies have held near daily street protest in Cairo and across the country to demand that he be reinstated.