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The Egyptian Prosecutor-General office has granted a request by a local rights watchdog to visit Muslim Brotherhood leaders held in detention.
"The leaders we have requested to visit are the Brotherhood's deputy leaders Khairat al-Shater and Rashad al-Bayoumi; head of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Saad al-Katani; leader of Al-Wasat Party Abul -Ela Madi and his deputy Essam Sultan; and prominent Salafist and former presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail," Naguib Gebraeel, head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights, told Anadolu Agency.
The visit aims to ensure the detainees are being well treated and enjoy their legal rights, he added.
"We would listen to their grievances about the charges against them, and whether they are fabricated or politically-motivated over their support for Morsi," Gebraeel added.
On why the group did not file a similar request to visit ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Gebraeel recalled that the deposed leader had previously refused to meet a legal of right activists.
The leading Islamists are being held over charges of inciting the killing of protesters in separate incidents, including outside the Brotherhood's main headquarters in Cairo's Moqattam district on June 30.
Madi and Sultan are threatening to go on an open hunger strike within coming 48 hours inside their Cairo prison "to protest fabricated charges and being denied visits by their families," their lawyer Ahmed Aboul-Ela Madi told AA.
"Their families had obtained visit permits from the prosecution but the Tora prison administration refused to allow the visits over security considerations," he added.
Morsi supporters have repeatedly criticized human rights advocacy groups and figures for ignoring the cause of Islamists rounded up after the powerful army ousted Morsi on July 3.
Gebraeel, also a Coptic activist, said that civil society organizations stand at the same distance from all political trends.Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2013, 12:43