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Friday 18 April 2014

Egypt Brotherhood chiefs arrested

Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed El-Beltagy, right, has been arrested by Egyptian police, On his left is Essam el-Erian, vice chairman of the Freedom And Justice party (AP)

Egyptian police have arrested two top Muslim Brotherhood figures, including an outspoken former politician who has made public appeals for protests against the new military-backed government.

Officials say Mohammed el-Beltagy and former Labour Minister Khaled Al-Azhari were arrested in an apartment not far from the Pyramids of Giza.

Mr El-Beltagy was wanted on charges of inciting violence, murder and terrorism.

He was also wanted for involvement in an assault on a police officer who authorities say was kidnapped by protesters at a Brotherhood's sit-in in Cairo. The sit-in was forcibly cleared by police two weeks ago.

It's the latest arrest of top Brotherhood figures who have protested since the July 3 military ousting of President Mohammed Morsi. The group's supreme guide was arrested last week.

Press Association

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