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Ousted Egyptian president Morsi allowed to visit with family

CAIRO — The family of Egypt’s toppled president visited him in prison on Thursday, their first face-to-face contact with him since a popularly-backed military coup ousted him from power four months ago, his wife said.

Naglaa Ali said by phone that she and other family members met with Mohammed Morsi inside a maximum-security prison called Borg al-Arab, which sits in a remote desert area near Alexandria, Egypt’s second city.

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Ali said the visit, monitored by security officers, lasted one hour.

‘‘Thank God, it’s just like I saw him yesterday. . . . He is more steadfast and bold,’’ said, when asked about his condition.

A high-ranking Interior Ministry official later said that Morsi was warned not to send any secret messages through his conversation with his family. The official said Morsi was told violating that rule would see restrictions placed on his visits.

However, Morsi’s son Osama later told Qatar-based satellite news channel Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr that Morsi sent a message to the Egyptian people ‘‘to uphold the revolution.’’

A coalition led by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood planned to hold marches Friday after prayers.

Morsi was toppled in a July 3 coup after millions took to the streets demanding him to step down. He had been held at a secret military facility with no access to outside world, only allowed to make a few short telephone calls to his family.

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