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Thursday 19 October 2017

Six held in Egypt in connection with assassination of chief prosecutor

Egypt's government has cracked down on dissent
Egypt's government has cracked down on dissent

Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered the detention of six people suspected of involvement in the assassination of his predecessor last year.

In a Sunday statement, Nabil Sadek's office ordered the six, who were arrested a day earlier, to be held for 15 days pending investigation.

Most are students at Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's pre-eminent institution for religious learning.

A car bomb killed Hisham Barakat, who oversaw cases against thousands of Islamists, on June 29 as he left his home.

It was the first assassination of a senior Egyptian official in 25 years.

The government responded by pushing through a wide-ranging anti-terrorism law that broadened the definition of terrorism, gave police greater powers of arrest, and tightened restrictions on free speech.

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