Egypt detains senior Muslim Brotherhood leader

Egyptian security forces have detained Mohamed Saad Elewa

Egypt detains senior Muslim Brotherhood leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Egyptian security forces have detained a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau, the group’s main decision-making body.

In a Friday statement, the Brotherhood – outlawed by the Egyptian authorities since late 2013 – said that Mohamed Saad Elewa had been detained while on his way to seek medical treatment.

“The Muslim Brotherhood holds the criminal military coup authorities fully responsible for his [Elewa’s] safety,” the group said.

Egyptian authorities have yet to officially acknowledge Elewa’s detention.

A Brotherhood source told Anadolu Agency that Elewa had been detained late Thursday in Egypt’s Giza province, west of Cairo.

Egypt has waged a relentless crackdown on the decades-old Muslim Brotherhood since President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader, was ousted in a 2013 military coup.

The crackdown on supporters of Morsi and the Brotherhood has left hundreds dead and thousands behind bars, including Morsi and Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie.

In late 2013, Egyptian authorities designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist" group.

Morsi and most of the Brotherhood's top leaders, meanwhile, remain on trial in Egypt for an array of criminal charges, which they say are politically motivated.

Earlier this week, Morsi and scores of other Brotherhood leaders were sentenced to death on jailbreak charges.

Many other Brotherhood members and leaders fled Egypt in the wake of Morsi's overthrow amid the unprecedented crackdown on the group, which was once considered Egypt's most organized political force.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Haziran 2015, 15:49