Egypt Forces Detain Senior Brotherhood Leader in Cairo

Egypt Forces Detain Senior Brotherhood Leader in Cairo

Egyptian authorities on Wednesday detained senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian, one of the last few leaders of the Islamist movement to have escaped a security crackdown, the interior ministry said.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Egyptian authorities on Wednesday detained senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian, one of the last few leaders of the Islamist movement to have escaped a security crackdown, the interior ministry said.

Security forces arrested Erian, deputy leader of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, at dawn in east Cairo where he had been in hiding.

Pictures of Erian circulating on social media, apparently taken during his arrest, showed him smiling and making a gesture symbolizing the rejection of the military's ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July.

More than 1,000 people have been killed since Mursi's ouster, and the authorities have detained some 2,000 Islamists, including most of the Muslim Brotherhood's leadership.

Mursi himself has been held incommunicado in military custody since his ouster and is due to go on trial on November 4.

Mursi's detractors accused him of poor governance and charged the Muslim Brotherhood with trying to monopolize power following the 2011 overthrow of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.

His supporters deny such allegations and point to the Muslim Brotherhood's victories in a series of polls held after Mubarak's overthrow.

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