Senior Brotherhood leader arrested

Egyptian security forces detain senior Muslim Brotherhood leader

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood top leader Mohamed Taha Wahdan was arrested by Egyptian security forces on Monday, said the Brotherhood sources, cited by Anadolu Agency.

The report said the Brotherhood's decision-making body’s, the Guidance Bureau, member Wahdan was detained in October City, west of the capital Cairo.

Wahdan's son Ahmed Wahdan has confirmed the detention on his Facebook account, saying "My father has been detained a while ago," giving no further information about his father’s detention.

On July 3, 2013, armed forces led by General Abdel Fattah el Sisi seized control of Egypt, arresting government officers in the following days alongside the other top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational organisation known for its political activism combined with Islamic charity work.

Since Sisi came to power, successive mass trials have resulted in scores of defendants, generally opposition members, being given long-term prison sentences or the death penalty.

Deposed president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to death on May 15 along with over a 100 other defendants for espionage for Hamas, and received 20 years in prison on April 20 for Al Ittihadiya palace case, in which Morsi was accused of being responsible for violence against protesters who camped outside the palace.

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