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Son of already-detained Juhayna Chairman Safwan Sabet arrested for allegedly ‘financing terrorism’

Sabet is accused of participating in financing terrorism and supporting terrorist entities, according to sources familiar with the investigations

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 6 Feb 2021
General Prosecution office (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt’s Supreme State Security Prosecution has ordered a 15-day detention of Seif Safwan Sabet for similar charges of his already-detained father, who is the Chairman of the country’s biggest dairy and juice producer Juhayna Food Industries, a statement said on Saturday.

According to sources familiar with the investigations, the statement said, Sabet is accused of participating in financing terrorism and supporting terrorist entities, and that he was transferred to Tora prison to serve in pre-trial detention pending investigations.

Saturday’s statement said that Seif was arrested on Saturday from inside his house in a compound in 6th of October City and, was referred to the investigation authorities on the same day, which took over the investigation with him on “accusations of financing the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood Organisation within the framework of a scheme aimed at harming the country's national economy.”

Egypt designated the Brotherhood a terrorist organisation in 2013, months after the ouster of Islamist Ex-President Mohamed Morsy following mass protests.

In December, the Egyptian prosecution ordered the 15-day detention of Safwat Sabet -- the father -- for joining a terrorist group. While last Thursday, the investigative judge decided to renew Sabet’s detention for 45 days pending investigations on the background of the same accusation.

Earlier in 2015, a judicial committee formed by the justice ministry had seized Sabet’s funds on allegations that he had ties to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group. It is not yet clear if the father’s new charges are related.

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