Egypt detains top Salafist preacher

Fawzi al-Saeed faces charges of receiving money from overseas for theanti-coup bloc National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy.

Egypt detains top Salafist preacher

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian security forces detained a top Salafist preacher in Cairo early on Saturday, in the latest crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

"Fawzi al-Saeed was arrested from his home at dawn," the source told Anadolu Agency.

Al-Saeed's official Facebook page confirmed that the Salafist preacher had been detained.

The Salafist preacher faces charges of receiving money from overseas for theanti-coup bloc National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a security source told Anadolu Agency.

Al-Saeed is a top religious reference to several Salafist parties as Al-Asala and Al-Fadila, two members of the pro-Morsi bloc.

Egyptian authorities have launched a crackdown on the pro-Morsi bloc in recent days, arresting several alliance members, including spokesman Magdi Qorqor.

On Tuesday, authorities also arrested two other leading pro-Morsi activists: Independence Party head Magdi Ahmed Hussein, and Nasr Abdel-Salam, acting head of the Gamaa Islamiya's Construction and Development Party.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2014, 18:05
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