Authorities detain 2 leading Brotherhood figures fleeing Egypt
Ahram Online, , Monday 26 Oct 2015
The two were detained at Matrouh while trying to cross into Libya, according to a security source

Egyptian authorities detained on Monday the secretary general of the dissolved Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – the political wing of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood – while he was trying to flee the country to Libya, security sources told state news agency MENA.

Hussein Ibrahim, the secretary general of the FJP, along with leading Brotherhood member Al-Refai Hassan, were trying to flee the country through the Matrouh border crossing with Libya.

Authorities found foreign currency on both of the arrested, the security source told MENA without specifying the amount of money.

Last Thursday evening, Brotherhood businessman Hassan Malek, was arrested at his home in New Cairo’s Fifth Settlement, a security source told Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Since the overthrow of former Egypt president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, in July 2013, hundreds of the group’s supporters have been killed and thousands put in jail.

The Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian government in November 2013.