Egypt arrests deputy leader of Brotherhood
30 October 2013, 13:51
Cairo - Egypt's interior ministry says a key figure in the
Muslim Brotherhood has been arrested after months on the run.
The ministry says Essam el-Erian, the deputy leader of the
Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice party, was apprehended in
the early hours Wednesday in an apartment in an eastern Cairo suburb.
El-Erian is one of the few senior Islamist figures still on
The media-savvy el-Erian was among the group's more moderate
figures but turned hard-line and went into hiding after the 3 July coup that
ousted president Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the same group.
Egypt's new, military-backed authorities have cracked down
on the group, arresting hundreds of Brotherhood figures and putting top leaders
on trial on charges of inciting violence and murder.