Egypt detains Muslim Brotherhood spokesman

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Egypt authorities arrested the spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday, the latest member of the Islamist organization to be jailed since a July 3 coup, security sources said.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Gehad al-Haddad, who was active on social networks, as part of a crackdown that followed the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi.

But Haddad had managed to escape arrest for weeks until police found him in a Cairo apartment along with other Islamist figures including the former governor of Qaliyubiya province Hossam Abu Bakr, the sources told AFP.

They were seized in the Nasr City neighbourhood, where Mursi supporters for weeks had held protests demanding his reinstatement and have been cleared in August by authorities, leading to clashes in which hundreds of people were killed.

Prominent Brotherhood leaders have been arrested last month as part of a large crackdown by authorities on Islamists since Mursi's ouster by the army in July, in which more than 2,000 members of the Brotherhood have been arrested.General Guide of the group Mohammad Badie and hard-line cleric Safwat Hegazy are are also in jail and facing trials.

Haddad's arrest come as an Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered the freezing of the assets of senior Brotherhood leaders, including Badie, his two deputies Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi, as well as Salafist leader Hazem Abu Ismail and preacher Safwat Hegazy.

The new army-installed authorities have laid out a political roadmap which provides for parliamentary and presidential elections in 2014.

(With AFP)

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