More 'Facebook suspects' rounded up in Egypt

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Feb 2014

Egyptian police arrest seven suspects accused of using Facebook pages to incite violence against army and police

Egypt's police has apprehended seven suspects it says are Muslim Brotherhood members accused of administrating anti-police and anti-military Facebook pages.

Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported that the interior ministry electronically tracked the subjects who are now facing charges that include inciting violence against police and army personnel and facilities.

The suspects are residents of different Egyptian cities including Cairo, Alexandria and Upper Egypt's Minya.

Some of the suspects were charged with stealing the identity of police officers and giving instructions on how to manufacture homemade weapons.

In January, the interior ministry said it had begun arresting anyone using social media websites to incite violence against the police and citizens.

The ministry announced it had arrested 10 Brotherhood members that it accused of administrating Facebook sites that advocated terrorism against the state.

The Muslim Brotherhood was deemed a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian government in December, a designation upheld by a court this week.

The group faces a persistent crackdown on its members and supporters who rejected the army's move to oust Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against his rule in July. Hundreds of its members have been gunned down by police and thousands arrested.

Terrorist attacks against the army and police have become common ever since. The Brotherhood denies any links to the violence.

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