Head of Egypt prison authority sacked

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) take part in a demonstration in Hilwan, south of Cairo, on August 30, 2013.

Egypt’s interim Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has dismissed the head of the country’s prison authority Mostafa Baz from his post, officials say.

Baz, who had been in the post since June 10, was sacked on Wednesday, a security official said without providing any details about the decision.

Baz had reportedly facilitated meetings between jailed members of the Muslim Brotherhood including the leaders and people outside the prison.

The Muslim Brotherhood faced tough crackdown following the July 3 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the countryâ„¢s powerful army.

On July 5, Brotherhood supreme leader Mohamed Badie said the coup against Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the street until he is reinstated as president.

Badie vowed to “complete the revolution” that toppled the Western-backed regime of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The army-appointed government has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including Badie, who was detained on August 20.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi anti-coup protesters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

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Republished from: Press TV