NDP strongman and business tycoon Ibrahim Kamel
Business tycoon and ex-ruling party strongman, Ibrahim Kamel has been arrested by the military, whereby a swiftly convened military court ordered him remanded in custody for 15 days, pending investigation. Kamel was taken to Tora prison, where a host of other Mubarak regime top officials are being held.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces had ordered Kamel's arrest yesterday. He is accused of being involved in instigating violent clashes between demonstrators and army forces early Saturday morning.
Hundreds of Egyptians defied soldiers who tried to disperse them overnight from Tahrir Square and vowed Saturday to keep protesting until ex-President Hosni Mubarak is tried and other demands met.
The ruling military council also announced that Kamel’s followers, Wael Aboul-Leil, Tarek Soliman and Khaled Mohamed Ismail are wanted. According to the statement, all three men were in Tahrir Square during curfew in the early hours of Saturday, having bullied and terrorised civilians.
The military council underlined that their forces will work resolutely to prevent NDP remnants from threatening national security.
Ibrahim Kamel's name was implicated in the so-called "battle of the camel", on 28 January, in which waves of NDP related thugs were hurled at the pro-democracy protesters in Tahrir square, using molotov cocktail bombs, live ammunition and rocks. It also included the famous attack by camel and horse-back hooligans wielding swords and cudgles.