World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian security forces arrested the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday in the northern city of Marsa Matrouh following the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi, security sources said.
Police tracked Mohamed Badie to the city, which is near the Libyan border but did not believe he was trying to flee the country, the sources said.
The prosecutor's office ordered his arrest earlier on Thursday, along with his influential deputy Khairat el-Shater.
Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said he could not confirm whether Badie had been arrested.
The prosecution earlier issued warrant of arrest for Badei, his deputy Khairat el-Shater and all members of the Brotherhood’s guidance office on charges of inciting violence.
Saad el-Katatni, the chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), and Muslim Brotherhood deputy guide Mohammad Rashad Bayoumi were arrested on Wednesday, and are held at the Tora Prisons area.
Security forces were reportedly trying to locate and arrest a number of other senior Muslim Brotherhood figures including Essam el-Aryan and Mohammad el-Beltagui.
The crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its FJP came shortly after Defense Minister Abdel Fatah El Sisi announced on Wednesday that the Constitutional Court head would serve as interim president until early presidential elections are held.
The roadmap for the future of Egypt also included temporarily suspending the constitution, forming a coalition government of technocrats and holding early presidential elections.Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2013, 09:25