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Egypt freezes assets of Brotherhood leaders

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide and other Islamist leaders have their assets frozen as part of investigations into alleged incitement of violence at protests

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Sunday 14 Jul 2013
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L-R: Abu-Ismail, Shater, Badie, Beltagi
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Egyptian prosecutors have frozen the assets of senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders and other prominent Islamists as part of investigations into the incitement of violence at protests.

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, deputy leader Khairat El-Shater, Secretary General Ezzat Ibrahim and senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy were among 14 prominent Islamists targeted by the decision.

As were Freedom and Justice Party leader Saad El-Katatni and Vice President Essam El-Erian, Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazy, Islamist Wasat Party Vice President Essam Sultan, Salafist former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, and Mohamed El-Omda, a former MP closely allied to the Brotherhood in recent months.

The men are accused of inciting violence at Giza's Nahda Square in early July 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood's Moqattam headquarters in late June 2013, the Republican Guard headquarters in early July 2013, and the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012.

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