CAIRO, Aug 21 (KUNA) -- Interior Ministry forces succeeded in arresting
Muslim Brotherhood leader Safwat Hijazi, a senior source told MENA news agency
on Wednesday, after a tip off that he had intended to head to the
Upon receiving the tip, Interior Minister Assistant for General Security
Major General Ahmed Hilmi notified Interior Minister Major General Mohamed
Ibrahim who ordered immediate coordination with authorities in Marsa Matruh.
Several stationary and mobile ambushes were set up and Hijazi was arrested
along with another person in his company. All legal measures have been taken
and the Public Prosecution is to carry out its investigations.
Meanwhile, security at Cairo Airport arrested official "Freedom and Justice
Party" Spokesman Murad Ali, who had also intended to leave the country and was
to board an Italian plane headed for Rome.
A security source said Ali had shaved his beard and changed his appearance,
but was still identified at the airport.
These arrests come short on the heels of the arrest of top Muslim
Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie on Tuesday.
Egyptian regimes have harassed and some say "repressed" the Muslim
Brotherhood for most of its existence, but this is the first time the group's
top leader and Supreme Guide is touched.(end)
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