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Egypt's top prosecutor acts promptly in attack on Brotherhood HQ complaint

Prosecutor-general orders arrest of five opposition activists accused by Muslim Brotherhood of inciting attacks against Cairo headquarters; Abdel-Fattah to turn self in on Tuesday; Nawara Negm lambasts President Morsi

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Mar 2013
Egypt
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The office of Egypt's prosecutor-general ordered Monday evening the arrest of five activists accused by the Muslim Brotherhood of involvement in attacks on Friday against the Islamist group's members near its national headquarters in Cairo's Moqattam district.

The wanted are opposition activists: renowned blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah; Popular Current member Ahmed Douma; National Salvation Front member Hazem Abdel-Azim; Constitution Party member Ahmed El-Ghoneimi; and activist Karim El-Shaer.

The prosecutor-general also banned all five outspoken Brotherhood critics from leaving the country.

Prosecution moves immediately

Earlier on Monday, Brotherhood lawyer Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maksoud filed a complaint with the prosecutor-general against 169 individuals – including party heads, politicians and "thugs" – whom he accused of inciting violence.

The prosecution listened on Monday to the testimony of a number of injured protesters from the Brotherhood who accused several opposition political figures of instigating the attacks.

Also on Monday, South Cairo's prosecution-general summoned Mohamed Abul-Ghar, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, along with other political figures, to hear charges that they had instigated attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters.

South Cairo prosecutors also summoned other political activists, including Free Egyptians party member Mahmoud El-Alaily, former Revolution Youth Coalition member Khaled Telima.

The Friday, 23 March clashes between protesters and Brotherhood members – outside the group's main headquarters in Cairo and in several other cities – left at least 200 injured.

Opposition activists had called for protests in response to an earlier attack on 16 March by Muslim Brotherhood members on anti-Brotherhood protesters and graffiti artists outside the Islamist group's headquarters.

Police on Monday night said that they have failed so far to arrest three Brotherhood workers accused in the attack on the anti-Brotherhood protesters.

The accused respond

On his Facebook page, El-Shaer said he rejected both the subpoena and the Morsi-appointed prosecutor-general who issued it, since the decision amounted to a "continuation of the Mubarak regime," in reference to Egypt's ousted president.

Abdel-Fattah, by contrast, expressed his intention to appear before the prosecution on Tuesday, even though he viewed the decision as "evidence of the corruption of the case and the prosecutor-general's bias towards the Muslim Brotherhood."

He justified his decision to answer the summons by citing his desire to avoid subjecting his wife and son to police harassment.

"I'm not afraid of the prisons of the oppressive state," the activist wrote on Facebook. "I refuse to go from one who is unjustly accused to a fugitive."

Journalist challenges system

The prosecution also summoned prominent activist and journalist Nawara Negm for questioning.

Negm, a daughter of renowned revolutionary poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, told the Headlines news program on the satellite ONTV on Monday evening that though she has not yet received any summons, she would not submit to any questioning.

"I am not scared of jail. I am from a family used to jail. My father and my mother did plenty of time in their time."

Negm said that she "feels sorry for President Morsi who is burning himself in a rapid manner like Sadat and Mubarak did in their last days," adding that "what Morsi is doing is a joke."

Accused by the SCAF, accused by the Brotherhood

Alaa Abdel-Fattah was previously detained for several months in 2011 during Egypt's brief period of military rule by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) after being accused of attacking army personnel and stealing military property during the October 2011 Maspero clashes between protesters and the army.

Abdel-Fattah was released after months in detention.

Douma, too, had been previously arrested under the SCAF, in 2012, following a clash with military personnel in front of the Egyptian cabinet headquarters near Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Accused of incitement and vandalism, he was conditionally released last April pending further investigation.

On 16 March, Douma was beaten along with other activists by Brotherhood supporters while painting anti-Brotherhood graffiti outside the group's headquarters in Moqattam.

The leftist activist opted not to file a legal complaint against the Brotherhood due to his lack of trust in the justice system vowing to fight the group politically, instead.

Negm was also the subject of more than one complaint of inciting violence and disrespecting the SCAF after the January 25 revolution.

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Reality
26-03-2013 02:45pm
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Your enemies want civil war in Egypt and you are helping them
They want a civil war in Egypt like, they want all Muslim countries to be destroyed. Yesterday there was a news article on CNN about Myanmar where many Muslims were killed, in the comment section people were enjoying the news, they also wanted to kill all Muslims in the world. You will be helping them if there is violence and lack of stability , don't let your enemies win.
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Rudi
26-03-2013 09:28am
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Shame
Shame to country thugs can do everything. Attack people without valid reason. Somalia much better than your country.
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democrat
26-03-2013 07:25am
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beware...
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out. (Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller on Nazi-Germany)
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Ahmed
26-03-2013 07:19am
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BH unacceptable
If BH is unacceptable or mushid's rule is unacceptable, the only way and solution is then to burn and attack all that million of homes belong to people who elected BH.If you burn and attach only few offices this will not serve your purpose or can remove BH from the presidency.Come on my liberal,lefits and media budies lets attack on these ignorant and illirate egyptains whol repeatedly elect BH.....bravo
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lora stultz
26-03-2013 05:24am
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big fish
Why Morsi didn't start with the big fish like BARADEI ,MOUSSA and SABBAHI ??? They are the REAL trouble makers!But where is the punishment of the killers and the thieves of the nation ??
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Patriot Egyptian
26-03-2013 01:04am
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Double Standards
It is outrageous that suddenly the Government and the Muslim Brotherhood, who are now supposedly and laughably an NGO, are targeting the opposition activists, claiming that they have enticed violence, BUT what happen to all these Islamist clerics that enticed, advocated and promoted Violence and rape to all the women who dare to speak of their rights in Tahrir Square and what happened to the Islamist Clerics when they advocated and promoted the Killing of anyone that oppose s Morsi. Who are you Kidding?? Stop with your double standards and illusions that only serve the Muslim Brotherhood. This is sickening and disgusting.
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Tammy
26-03-2013 12:27am
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Why the sudden speedy arrests??
why is the govt moving so fast to arrest opposition protestors?? i didnt see the current dictatorial regime acting so fast to arrest BH members when they were going around being thugs & doing the intimidating, threatening, oppressing & beating people who wanted to vote against their constitution....OHHHH but thats a whole different thing, the bh & morsi supporters seem to be above the law!! and the bh being provoked into beating people and women at the last protest is just another lie from them and the govt to try to make their actions seem acceptable & ok..now they are getting exactly what they deserve, you can only threaten, intimidate and oppress people for so long before those people start fighting back & the BH & their dictator underestimate the opposition & the young people of egypt!!
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Ameen Abdullah`
25-03-2013 10:38pm
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Illigal Activities
BH cult headquarter and its organization are illegal. The lack of enforcement by authorities led to this citizen attack in self defense. I gave you my legal opinion for free.
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Nora
25-03-2013 08:56pm
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Paid thugs
They are not activists, only thugs.
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salcy kahn
25-03-2013 08:33pm
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great
Good step they should be harshly punished for uncivilised violence.
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