More Islamist figures arrested
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Egypt’s Public Prosecution continues to issue arrest warrants for leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political party on suspicion of inciting violence against protesters. At least 30 people were killed in clashes that followed a military order ousting former President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July amid mass protests against him.

On Sunday the Brotherhood’s chief financier and Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater and ultra-conservative Salafi figure Hazem Salah Abu Ismail were sentenced to 15 days in prison pending investigations. They were both arrested on Friday.

Ismail is accused, according to the Arabic-language daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, of inciting the killing of 21 people in clashes close to the Ben al-Sarayat neighborhood in Giza. The clashes erupted on Tuesday when Morsi supporters staged a sit-in in the area.

Al-Masry Al-Youm also reported that the prosecution issued arrest warrants for leaders of the Jama’a al-Islamiya, the Brotherhood’s most important political allies, also on allegations of inciting violence in the Ben al-Sarayat clashes. The suspects include Tarek al-Zomor and Assem Abdel Maged.

Meanwhile, the prosecution released the head of news channel Al Jazeera’s Cairo bureau, Abdel Fattah Fayed, with a LE10,000 fine, according to Al-Ahram’s online portal.

The prosecution accused Fayed of running a news channel without a license and spreading information that threatens national security, according to Al-Ahram, but he presented documents that allegedly prove the channel is licensed.

The Alexandria prosecution also ordered the imprisonment of 56 people suspected of involvement in bloody clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi on Friday in the Sidi Gaber neighborhood, pending investigation.

The clashes left 20 dead and hundreds injured.