Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya's senior member arrested

The group likened the arrest to violations committed by Mubarak-era security forces as the state of emergency allows security forces to arrest citizens without charge and carry out searches without judicial permission.

Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya's senior member arrested

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's Gamaa Islamiya said that senior group leader Mustafa Hamza, who was acquitted of charges of having plotted to kill ousted President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa in 1995, had been arrested at dawn in Upper Egypt's Beni Sueif province.

In a statement, the Islamist group likened the arrest to violations committed by Mubarak-era security forces.

"The 'Dawn Visitors' raided Hamza's home in Beni Sueif, taking him from his family without specific charges," the statement said.

"Dawn visitors" is an Egyptian term used to describe early morning raids by security forces on the homes of political activists and regime opponents.

"Carrying out the arrest in such a manner […] constitutes a return to the Mubarak era and the emergency state, media lies and fabrications," the statement said, referring to the government-imposed month-long state of emergency declared last week in a bid to curb escalating violence.

The state of emergency allows security forces to arrest citizens without charge and carry out searches of homes and vehicles without judicial permission.

In April, Hamza was acquitted of charges of having plotted to assassinate Mubarak during the latter's 1995 visit to Addis Ababa. Hamza had earlier received a death sentence for the charge, but successfully appealed the verdict.

The Gamaa Islamiya statement accused the media of falsely claiming that Hamza had been part of the group responsible for the 1997 Luxor massacre, which left about 70 people, mainly tourists, dead.

"The pro-coup newspapers falsely claim that Hamza was implicated in the notorious Luxor incident, which is categorically untrue, because neither Hamza nor Gamaa Islamiya was involved in the incident," the statement read.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2013, 13:17
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