Egypt arrests senior pro-Morsi cleric

Egyptian authorities have arrested a leading cleric who supported ousted President Mohamed Morsi, amid the ongoing crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters.

Safwat Hegazy was arrested at a checkpoint near the border with Libya early on Wednesday, official MENA News Agency reported.

The Egyptian authorities have accused the cleric of Ëœinstigating violence in the country.â„¢ He was reportedly flown to a detention center in the capital, Cairo.

Hegazy was one of the key speakers at Morsi supportersâ„¢ main sit-in, which was dismantled by security forces on August 14 in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City.

Earlier, Mourad Ali, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhoodâ„¢s political party, was arrested at the Cairo airport before catching a flight to Italy.

The arrests came only a day after the Brotherhoodâ„¢s leader Mohamed Badie was detained in an apartment in Nasr City.

Badie and his deputy Khairat el-Shater, who is also in custody, are due to go on trial on August 25 over accusations of having played a role in the killing of eight people outside the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters in June.

Morsi has not been seen in public since the military announced his ouster on July 3. He is reportedly held in a detention center in a secret location.

Egyptâ„¢s army-backed government has accused the Muslim Brotherhood of seeking to destabilize Egypt following the ouster of Morsi.

Egyptian security forces have arrested hundreds of Brotherhood supporters in recent days as the military-backed government has tried to stifle weeks of protests.


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Republished from: Press TV