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Egypt accuses Brotherhood figure of spying for U.S., Norway

Mohamed Ali Bishr is reportedly a prominent figure of the Brotherhood and a former minister under toppled President Mohammad Mursi

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An Egyptian court on Saturday accused a recently arrested member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood for allegedly spying for the United States and Norway, state-owned Ahram Online reported.

Mohammad Ali Bishr is reportedly a prominent figure in the Brotherhood and a former minister under toppled President Mohammad Mursi, who also hails from the group.

Bishr was detained on Thursday at his home in the governorate of Menoufiya, in the Nile Delta, on charges of espionage.

He was accused by the High State Security Prosecution on Saturday of collaborating for the United States and Norway.

The prosecution said it would re-investigate Bishr on Monday to “confront him with recordings.”

Since Mursi’s ouster, Egypt's most senior Brotherhood figures, including the Islamist president, face trial on a number of charges, including murder, espionage and aiding acts of terrorism.

The Egyptian government's crackdown on Islamists sparked tensions with the United States, which expressed concern over mass trials and death sentences of Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

But authorities in Cairo criticized the American stance, saying supporters of the outlawed group have waged a war against the state.