Egypt arrest 2 more Islamist figures
21 August 2013, 15:02
Cairo - Egyptian authorities have arrested two more Islamist
figures: a hard-line cleric trying to flee the country across the Libyan border
and a spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood group before leaving for Italy.
The arrests are the latest in a crackdown by Egypt's new
military-backed leaders against Islamists.
Egypt's state-run MENA news agency says Safwat Hegazy, a
fiery Salafi preacher and top ally of the Brotherhood, was captured early on Wednesday
at a checkpoint near the Siwa Oasis, near Libya. He is wanted over charges of
Also, a security official says Mourad Ali, a spokesperson
for the Brotherhood's political party, was detained at the Cairo airport,
trying to catch a flight to Italy. The official spoke on condition of anonymity
because he was not authorised to speak to the media.