Several media sources confirmed the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy in Giza on Thursday.
Beltagy was reportedly arrested alongside Khaled al-Azhary, former minister of manpower, and Gamal al-Ashry, a Brotherhood leader.
General Ahmad Helmy, deputy minister of interior, confirmed the news of the three arrests to the privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.
The state-run EgyNews portal reported that Beltagy was arrested in an apartment in Giza, citing security sources. Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Beltagy’s arrest took up to three hours but that he did not show any resistance.
Beltagy’s arrest adds him to a list of senior leaders that have been rounded by the police in the aftermath of the dispersal on August 14 of two Brotherhood sit-ins demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi and the reversal of the military coup staged against him.
On Wednesday, Beltagy made a televised appearance on the sympathetic Al Jazeera network, thanking activists who had expressed solidarity with the Brotherhood and mourning his daughter killed during the forced dispersal of the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in.
Beltagy is facing charges of inciting violence.
A parliamentarian in 2005 and 2010, after elections administered by the regime of Hosni Mubarak, where fraud always circumvented extensive Brotherhood gains, Beltagy has been at the forefront of the group’s political wing. In the early days of the 2011 revolution, he was one of the main Brotherhood figues to act as interlocutor with activists and revolutionary groups, but more recently many have criticized him for compromising the revolution in order to stay faithful to the Brotherhood.
Ashraf al-Saad, a London-based businessman, stated that the Qatari Al Jazeera channel revealed the whereabouts of Beltagy, according to Ahram Gate. In a tweet, Saad added that he had known about Beltagy’s arrest since yesterday, and said that if the Brotherhood knew about Al Jazeera’s schemes they would stop making appearances on the channel.
Saad fled Egypt in the mid 1980s after being accused of money laundering.
Security forces also arrested the Freedom and Justice Party’s secretary for Marsa Matrouh, Fouad Zaghloul, EgyNews said. The party official was reportedly found in a rented apartment in the outskirts of the coastal city.