More Brotherhood leaders arrested

Security Forces arrested Muslim Brotherhood member and former MP Farid Ismail from his house in Zagazig early Sunday, in the latest in a wave of sweeping arrests of the group’s leaders, Al-Ahram reported.

Police officers raided Ismail’s house and arrested him on orders from National Security in Sharqiya, according to the state-run daily.

Ismail was a member of the 2005 and 2011 parliaments as well as a member of the Constituent Assembly tasked to draft the now suspended constitution.

Brotherhood leader Sobhi Saleh was also arrested in Alexandria on Saturday, and was taken to Borg al-Arab prison where he is currently being investigated for inciting violence and insulting the judiciary.

Saleh, one of the Brotherhood’s top officials in Alexandria, has been charged with incitement to violence in connection with the July 5 clashes at Sidi Gaber train station, which quickly gained notoriety after a video circulated appearing to show supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi throwing opponents from a several-meter-high building.

Meanwhile, the West Cairo Prosecution ordered the detention of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy for 15 days, pending investigation into charges of inciting violence and murder, MENA reported.

Beltagy was arrested last Thursday in an apartment in Giza.

Saleh is also detained for 15 days pending investigation into charges of inciting violence in Sidi Gaber last July.  

The military-backed government continues to carry out a vast arrest campaign against Brotherhood leaders. Among those in detention are Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater, as well as Morsi, who has been detained since his ouster on July 3.

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