Egypt prosecutors extend detention of prominent Islamists

Al-Sayed Gamaleddine, Sunday 25 Aug 2013

Prosecutors extend detention of Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, Helmy El-Gazzar, Mohamed Omda and other senior Islamist figures on charges of inciting violence

The detention of Salafist figure Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, leading Muslim Brotherhood member Helmy El-Gazzar, former MP Mohamed Omda, Brotherhood lawyer Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud and Wasat Party head Abu El-Ela Madi has been extended for another 15 days by prosecutors in Giza.

The detained face charges of inciting violence.

Security forces have embarked on a wave of arrests targeting Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members, as well as other Islamist political figures, since the crackdown on 14 August against sit-ins demanding the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.   

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