World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's military-backed authorities on Wednesday arrested 29 people accused of "inciting violence" following the violent August 14 dispersal of two sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
The arrests, which were made in four Egyptian provinces, included nine leading Muslim Brotherhood members.
According to a security source, authorities arrested the head of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party in Cairo, Amr Badawi.
Badawi had been a member of Egypt's elected lower house of parliament, the People's Assembly, dissolved last year on the orders of Egypt's powerful military establishment.
The security source said Badawi had been arrested in the plush residential area of Al-Tagammu al-Khamis on Cairo's eastern outskirts.
He said Badawi was now being interrogated over his alleged role in the violence that erupted in Cairo following Morsi's July 3 ouster.
In the Nile Delta province of Menoufiya, meanwhile, agents from Homeland Security (Egypt's internal intelligence agency) arrested leading Brotherhood member and university professor Mohamed Ewis Abdel-Tawab.
Security sources said an arrest warrant had been issued for Abdel-Tawab based on suspicions that he had incited violence, destroyed public property, and incited the public against the Egyptian military.
The sources also said that authorities had arrested an additional 26 people in Beni Sueif in central Egypt, including six Muslim Brotherhood members.
They said that the suspects were wanted for allegedly inciting the political violence that had recently swept through Beni Sueif amid ongoing demonstrations demanding Morsi's reinstatement.
In the Upper Egyptian city of Minya, Homeland Security agents arrested the head of the Brotherhood's provincial office, Abdel-Baki al-Kiali.
According to security sources, an arrest warrant was issued for al-Kiali based on charges of inciting violence, attacking policemen and torching government buildings.
In recent weeks, Egypt has arrested vast numbers of Brotherhood leaders and members, who the army-backed authorities accuse of inciting violence, attacking security personnel and torching churches.
The Brotherhood vehemently denies the charges, insisting they are politically motivated.
The Brotherhood also charges authorities with waging an unlawful crackdown on the group and its allies and intentionally killing hundreds of unarmed demonstrators in the more than three months since Morsi's ouster.Last Mod: 10 Ekim 2013, 12:28