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Report unveils details of Muslim Brotherhood leader’s arrest

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Egyptian securities located Muslim Brotherhood’s General Guide Mohammad Badie after intercepting his phone calls with a senior Brotherhood member, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat quoted a security official on Wednesday as saying.

Badie reportedly used a relative’s mobile phone to receive calls from the unnamed Brotherhood member. His name was never mentioned during the phone conversations, but security forces were able to identify his voice, according to the report.

Badie was staying with several aides at an apartment owned by the Brotherhood member, also a former member of parliament.

The securities entered the apartment, located near Rabaa al-Adawiya in Nasr City, at 2 a.m. on Wednesday using a key to open the door, the security source said, adding that Badie was found sleeping in a bedroom.

When he opened his eyes, Badie was not surprised at the presence of three armed officers over his head, according to the report.

“He did not ask any questions or say anything, as if he had been expecting this moment. A short while later, he asked if he could wear a white gown which was on the chair beside the bed, and left the room with the officers for the living room, where he asked for water,” according to the report.

Badie was taken to Torra Prison, south Cairo, where senior figures of the previous regime of Hosni Mubarak were also being held.

The public prosecutor had issued an arrest warrant for Badie after the overthrow of Mohammad Mursi on July 3. He is accused of inciting violence and of complicity in the death of protesters during an anti-Mursi rally in December 2012.

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