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Another Top Muslim Brotherhood Leader Arrested in Egypt

Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 04:38 AM

By Robert Brothers

Senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Walid Al-Haddad was arrested Monday by Egyptian authorities, the news agency Ahram Online reported.
 
Haddad, foreign relations chief of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was arrested at his mother’s house in Giza, a town just south of Cairo, on charges of “inciting violence,” according to Maj. Gen. Mohamed al-Sharqawy, head of Giza’s investigations department.
 
Egyptian authorities have continued to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies. Since the military toppled President Mohammed Morsi July 3, many of the group’s most senior members have been rounded up and detained.
 
The Egypt Independent reported that authorities seized Haddad’s laptop and that he did not resist arrest.
 
Those in custody also include Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohamed Badie and his second in command, Khairat El-Shater, Ahram Online reported. 
 
Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, has been held at an undisclosed location since his ouster in July after massive protests against his year-long rule. He faces trial on incitement to violence and other charges.
 
The Muslim Brotherhood continues to denounce the Egyptian Army’s ouster of Morsi as a violation of democratic principles. Thousands of Islamist activists have been arrested in the military crackdown that followed Morsi’s ouster in July.
 
The Muslim Brotherhood continues to reject the transitional road map put forward by Egypt’s military-controlled interim government, which says it intends to hold parliamentary and presidential elections by early next year.
 
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