World Bulletin/News Desk
The head of Egypt's leading Islamic institution demanded the release of political prisoners on Friday after the arrests of several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood following the army's overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.
Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, also called for the release of "prisoners of conscience" and political activists, the state news agency MENA said.
Mursi has been detained at a military facility since he was ousted on Wednesday. He and other party leaders face investigations.
Egypt's chief prosecutor's office issued further arrest warrants for even more leading figures from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Prior to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution which toppled Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood had been outlawed and persecuted for six decadesLast Mod: 06 Temmuz 2013, 10:44