A fugitive senior Muslim
Brotherhood leader, Essam al-
Erian, has been detained by
the Egyptian authorities.
Prosecutors ordered Mr Erian’s
arrest in July, after the military
ousted President Mohammed
Morsi.
The arrest is the latest move in a
crackdown by the interim
government against the Islamist
movement.
The state-run news agency Mena
reported that Mr Erian was
expected to stand trial next week
along with Mr Morsi and a dozen
other officials.
A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman told the BBC Mr
Erian was arrested early on Wednesday at an
apartment in the New Cairo area and taken to an
undisclosed location.
“You can’t escape your destiny,” Mr Erian was quoted
as saying at the time.
“I am confident I will be out of prison after putting an
end to the coup.”
An official photo posted on the interior ministry
website showed a smiling Mr Erian standing next to
two packed bags.
Mr Erian is vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice
Party (FJP), the Brotherhood’s political wing.
The BBC’s Orla Guerin in Cairo says that before going
into hiding, Mr Erian was a very public face of the
Muslim Brotherhood.
Judges step down
Mr Morsi is due to stand trial on 4 November,
charged with inciting murder and violence in
connection with clashes outside a presidential palace
in Cairo in December 2012.
The former president’s supporters announced on
Monday that he had rejected the court’s authority.
Separately, the three presiding judges at the trial of
Mohammed Badie, the Brotherhood’s general guide,
and his deputy, Khairat al-Shatir, stepped down on
Tuesday, halting proceedings.
Judge Mohammed Fahmy al-Qarmuty said he and his
colleagues were retiring from the case for “reasons of
conscience”.
Mr Badie was a prominent figure at the
Brotherhood’s protest camps in Cairo, but went into
hiding as the military-backed interim government
increased its efforts to end the protests. He was
arrested in August.
Mr Badie and Mr Shatir face charges of inciting
violence and murder over the deaths of anti-
Brotherhood protesters outside the movement’s
headquarters in Cairo on 30 June.
Egypt detains Muslim Brotherhood
leader Essam al-Erian
The interior ministry issued a
picture of Essam al-Erian smiling
after his arrest
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