19 more Brotherhood figures arrested around Egypt

Ahram Online, Thursday 22 Aug 2013

Police arrest more leaders of the group in Cairo and around the country

Arrested Brotherhood Leaders
Abu-Baraka, El-Prince, Fathi and Aref (Photos: Al-Ahram)

A number of Muslim Brotherhood figures were arrested on Thursday, including the group’s official spokesman Ahmed Aref.

The arrests follow Tuesday’s arrest of Mohamed Badie, the group’s spiritual leader.

Aref was arrested in Nasr City, east Cairo, on Thursday. The prosecution ordered his detention for 15 days.

Hassan El-Prince and Fathi Shehab were arrested in Cairo, according to Muslim Brotherhood as well as security sources. El-Prince, who was arrested while participating in a pro-Morsi demonstration, is a leading member of the Brotherhood and was deputy governor of Alexandria. Shehab, a former MP for the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was arrested in an apartment in New Cairo.

Security sources also announced the arrest of Brotherhood leader and former MP Ahmed Abu-Baraka in an apartment in Sayyeda Zeinab in central Cairo. Abu-Baraka is a member of the Brotherhood’s guidance bureau.

Mostafa Taher Ghoneim, another member of the guidance bureau and a leader of the organisation for the Nile Delta region, was also arrested on Thursday.

Abdel-Moneim Mohamed Amin, a former head of the National Organisation for the Underground, the state-owned authority that runs the Egypt metro, was also arrested, according to Al-Ahram’s Arabic website. Amin is one of the Brotherhood figures who broke out of Wadi Al-Natroun prison during the 2011 revolution with Mohamed Morsi. Some of those involved in the prison escape are now facing charges.

Outside Cairo, in the Nile Delta governorate of Beheira, Brotherhood official Mohamed Nagui was arrested and charged with acts of violence including the burning of the governorate building and some police cars.

Professor Ashraf El-Tabei Ezzedine, a Brotherhood leader from Damietta, was arrested according to state news agency MENA.

Ezzedine is president of Al-Azhar medical school in New Damietta and was arrested in Shorouk hospital, which he owns and where he practices. He is accused of inciting violence during the clashes that erupted after the dispersal of the sit-in by Morsi supporters in Damietta at the end of Ramadan.

Local Brotherhood leader Abdel-Rahman Youssef was arrested in his hometown Suez, security forces told MENA, accused of inciting violence and of dealing with thugs to attack police and army.

In Kafr Al-Sheikh governorate, seven local Muslim Brotherhood figures were arrested, four of whom are preachers in mosques and were charged with inciting against the army and preaching discrimination, according to MENA. The other three were heads of local Brotherhood chapters in the governorate.  

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