Egypt frees Muslim Brotherhood blogger

A Muslim Brotherhood blogger was released Saturday after a 45-day detention, but the arrests against the group continued, with 51 Brotherhood members arrested in recent days, police said.

Egypt frees Muslim Brotherhood blogger
A Muslim Brotherhood blogger was released Saturday after a 45-day detention, but arrests against the group continued, with 51 Brotherhood members arrested in recent days, police said.

Abdel Moneim Mahmoud, 27, a well known blogger and correspondent for the London-based Al-Hewar Arabic TV Channel, and 23 others, mostly students, had been held since mid-April for being members of the group. The fellow detainees were also released Saturday, said the police, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.

Police said 51 Brotherhood members and supporters had been arrested since Thursday, including seven Saturday in the province of Ismailia, 75 miles east of Cairo.

The Brotherhood confirmed on its Web site that its members and supporters had been targeted in recent days, but indicated the total number arrested was only 48. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear.

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch issued a statement Wednesday saying, "The Egyptian government has intensified its arrest campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood ahead of elections to the upper house of parliament."

The rights group quoted Brotherhood lawyers as saying 87 members were arrested in just one week in May.

The Brotherhood announced in April that it would field candidates for Shura Council elections scheduled for June 11 and recently said 19 members had completed the required registration to run.

The Shura Council was established in 1979 as an advisory body, but gained limited legislative powers from recent constitutional amendments.

Last Mod: 03 Haziran 2007, 11:34
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