Western, Arab envoys visit jailed MB leader Khairat el-Shater

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A high-ranking member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was visited in jail on Monday by Western and Arab envoys, the state news agency MENA reported.

Deputy Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater was visited just after midnight. Shater is seen as the Brotherhood's main political strategist and was arrested after Islamist President Mohammed Mursi's downfall on charges of inciting violence.

The envoys had received permission from the prosecutor general to visit him at Tora prison, south of Cairo, the MENA reported.

Shater is deputy leader of the group that propelled Mursi to office last year in Egypt's first democratic presidential election.

The visit is believed to be part of an international bid to defuse the crisis ignited by Mursi's downfall, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, thousands of Mursi supporters remain camped out in two Cairo sit-ins, which the government has declared a threat to national security and pledged to disperse.

Mursi is facing a probe into accusations including murder and being held at an undisclosed location.

(With Reuters)

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