Egypt releases 2 Brotherhood lawmakers

Egyptian authorities on Monday released two Muslim Brotherhood lawmakers but ordered 12 other members of the country's most powerful opposition group detained, police and the group reported.

Egypt releases 2 Brotherhood lawmakers
Egyptian authorities on Monday released two Muslim Brotherhood lawmakers but ordered 12 other members of the country's most powerful opposition group detained, police and the group reported.

The two parliament members, Sabri Amer and Ragab Abu Zeid, were not questioned by prosecutors before they were released, police said. They, along with the 12 other members, were arrested Sunday in the northern Nile Delta province of Menoufiya.

But the Middle East News Agency later reported that the Egypt's chief prosecutor asked the parliament for permission to question the two lawmakers. Under Egyptian law, lawmakers are often granted immunity from prosecution unless the parliament gives authorities clearance to investigate.

The other 12 members were ordered detained for 15 days, according to police and the Brotherhood's Web site.

The Brotherhood has been banned since 1954 but has continued to operate and has become the country's largest opposition group. Its lawmakers, who run as independents, hold 88 seats in the 454-seat parliament.

In recent months, the Egyptian government has arrested more than 300 members since December.
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