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Pro-Brotherhood preacher Hegazy charged with attempted murder

The detained Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazy is slapped with 15-day detention pending investigation

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Aug 2013
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Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazy with army forces following his arrest early on Wednesday 21 August 2013. (Photo: Interior Ministry Media Sector Facebook page)
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Egyptian prosecution charged on Saturday detained Islamist preacher and Muslim Brotherhood loyalist Safwat Hegazy with attempted murder and inciting violence at two Cairo sit-ins.

Hegazy faces several charges, including attempted murder and incitement of violence against opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi amid pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square and Giza’s Al-Nahda Square.

He was arrested in the vicinity of Siwa town, in Egypt’s western desert, near the borders with Libya, on Wednesday.

On Saturday, prosecutors also released fresh orders to detain Hegazy for 15 days pending investigations.

Sources from the prosecution told Ahram Online that prosecutors have questioned Hegazy for inciting violence for comments he made last December.

His statements were widely interpreted as a call on Morsi supporters to confront demonstrating opponents in December 2012 in front of the presidential palace in Cairo. At least ten were killed on 5 December 2012 amid deadly clashes between pro and anti-Morsi groups.

Hegazy was also questioned for inciting Morsi supporters to march on the Republican Guards headquarters in Cairo – where the army allegedly detained Morsi – on 8 July. Over 50 Brotherhood supporters were killed and dozens injured when the armed forces stormed the protest.

Hegazy has been one of the prominent supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. He was reportedly present at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in, where he made highly controversial statements about the Brotherhood's opponents.

Following the violent dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins on 14 August, security forces have carried out mass arrests of members and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. The government has repeatedly accused Islamists of committing "terrorist acts" against their opponents.

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john
25-08-2013 09:32am
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Egypt army dont have right to arrest brotherhood member .because those people represintatu of public .and army not.
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fore
25-08-2013 07:24am
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Headquarters?
It's amazing how the Republican Guard's SOCIAL CLUB has morphed into their "headquarters" for the purpose of the media. The MB were surrounding a private social club and the military/police entered this private social club and used it to shoot at them. You can say they were blocking access to a club, but call it what it is!
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Samantha Criscione
25-08-2013 01:43am
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Hegazy is not pro-Brotherhood. He is a top Brotherhood leader.
Hegazy is NOT a pro-Brotherhood preacher. He is a leader of the Brotherhood, which routinely recycles some leading people, either having them simply start posing as friends rather than leaders of the Brotherhood, or staging false breaks between them and the Brotherhood, permitting such Brotherhood leaders to operate as supposed independents and thereby giving the Brotherhood more leverage. In the case of Hegazy, his leadership role is stated on the Brotherhood website, ikhwan.web. For instance, on May 8, 2011 an Ikhwan.web article entitled, rather ironically, "MB Leader Praises Role of the Army in Protecting the Revolution" stated: "Dr. Safwat Hegazy of the board of trustees of the revolution, praised the role of the Egyptian army in protecting the revolution so far, although a better performance was expected." Then, suddenly, Hegazy began being described everywhere as an independent Salafist, or whatever -- always 'independent' -- and in that pose he played various key roles in the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and Morsi's presidential election campaign, where he took the most openly extreme positions (but since he was not in the Brotherhood, or so we were told, the Brotherhood could not be blamed.) --Samantha Criscione
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Ebrahim
24-08-2013 10:38pm
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That guy is not Hegazy!
Come on that guy isnt Safwar Hegazy. We are not blind! That guy is too young for Safwat. Compare his true recent photos and this one , then you will see that im not kidding at all?
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Samantha Criscione
26-08-2013 10:49am
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Well said, Democracia!
Touché
Democracia
25-08-2013 11:09pm
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He IS!
He IS! Some color and you look 15 years younger. I am a woman - I know....
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