Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Egyptian police arrest leader of the Muslim Brotherhood
Badie, the guide of the Muslim Brotherhood shortly after his arrest. (Phote taken from Facebook opage of the Egyptian police).
Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie was arrested shortly after midnight in northern Cairo on Tuesday, a significant development in the crackdown of Egypt’s army-backed rulers on Islamists.
Spokesman Abdel-Fattah Osman of the Egyptina ministry of the Interior said in a television interview that Badie was hiding in a residential apartment in Cairo’s Nasr City district near Rabaa El-Adaweya Mosque. Badie, the highest authority and spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has become the latest leader of the Islamist group to be arrested. Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat El-Shater, former Supreme Guide Mahdi Akef and Saad El-Katatni, head of the group’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), are also in jail. Six They are facing trial on charges of inciting the murder of protesters at the group’s headquarters in the Cairo district of Moqattam.
Also the deposed persident Mohammed Morsi, who has been held incommunicado since his ouster, is in detention now pending investigations into charges of involvement in the violent attacks on demonstrators outside the presidential palace in December 2012. He is also facing charges of "collaboration with Palestinian Islamist faction Hamas to undertake aggressive acts" and "plotting attacks on a jail" where he was held during the 2011 18-day uprising which ousted his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.
Other Brotherhood leaders, including Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam El-Erian, are still at large. Some prominent Islamists were also arrested in Egypt, including Mohamed El-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman El-Zawahiri.