Lebanon deported Brotherhood leaders under security deals

Mokhtar al-Ashri, a leading member of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, and Mosaad al-Barbari, director of the Brotherhood's Ahrar 25 satellite channel, were arrested in Beirut by Lebanese security forces on April 3.

Lebanon deported Brotherhood leaders under security deals

World Bulletin / News Desk

Lebanon has deported two Muslim Brotherhood leaders to Egypt under signed security agreements between the two countries, a security source said.

"Lebanon cannot violate security agreements signed with other countries," the source told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

Mokhtar al-Ashri, a leading member of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, and Mosaad al-Barbari, director of the Brotherhood's Ahrar 25 satellite channel, were arrested in Beirut by Lebanese security forces on April 3 before being deported to Egypt on Tuesday.

Al-Barbari is one of 51 figures charged with "plotting to sow sedition" and setting up an "operations room" to resist authorities during last August's bloody dispersal of a Cairo sit-in staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

He also faces charges of fabricating images of dead and injured anti-coup demonstrators.

Al-Ashri is also being questioned over charges that have yet to be made public.

Since Morsi's ouster last summer, Egyptian authorities have launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group which propelled Morsi to power in 2012 presidential polls.

Hundreds of the group's top leaders and members have since been rounded up on violence-related charges – allegations they insist are politically motivated.

Last December, Egypt's army-backed authorities officially designated the Brotherhood a "terrorist" group.

In March, Saudi Arabia followed suit, labeling the movement – along with eight other groups – a "terrorist" organization.

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