Egypt’s interior minister denies arrest of Brotherhood leaders Beltagi, Erian

Ahram Online, Wednesday 14 Aug 2013

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim rejects claims that some influential Brotherhood figures were arrested during dispersal operation of two pro-Morsi sit-ins

Egypt’s Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim has denied reports saying that some influential Muslim Brotherhood leaders were arrested in the wake of Wednesday’s violence after police cleared two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza.

“Those claims are totally untrue. I hope that I will be able to capture them,” Ibrahim told a news conference on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, a security source told Ahram Online that eight Brotherhood leaders had been detained during the dispersal operation before escaping “with the help of other people.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Influential Brotherhood figures Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam El-Erian and Islamic preacher Safwat Hegazy were reportedly among the detained – all wanted by Egypt prosecutors to answer to allegations of inciting violence.

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