Egypt’s notorious gang boss clashes with Brotherhood member

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Egypt’s notorious gang boss Sabry Nakhnoukh, arrested last week, has reportedly threatened to uncover a Muslim Brotherhood’s involvement in past crimes related to the former Egyptian regime.

In a war of words between the Brotherhood’s Mohammed al-Beltagi and Nakhnookh, the Islamist has been advised by political observers to withdraw from the debate, fearing his safety.

“They told me to stay away from the ‘snake’s den,’” Beltagi wrote in a Facebook post, in reference to Nakhnoukh. “But this den has to be confronted and I am not afraid of Nakhnoukh or any other person,” he added.

Beltagi called upon the relevant security bodies to reopen Nakhnoukh’s criminal cases and those of other thugs to expose the crimes they committed for the former regime before the revolution or its “remnants” after the regime was ousted in 2011.

“Those thugs are responsible for several of the massacres in which revolutionaries were killed,” Beltagi said.

Beltagi cited several examples of these “massacres” earlier this year and in 2011: an attack in front of the state TV building, in which more than 20 Copts were killed, the massacre that killed more than 70 football fans in the northern city of Port Said, and several clashes in the uprising’s focal point, Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Beltagi objected to the interview conducted with Nakhnoukh on the Egyptian satellite channel al-Hayat, which he saw as proof of the expansive influence on the media the alleged gang boss has.

“This shows his connections in the media and how powerful he is among politicians and security officials. He was given the stage to tarnish the image of the Muslim Brotherhood and the president in front of all Egyptians.”

Beltagi denied public accusations that he had instigated Nakhnoukh’s arrest, through the country’s interior ministry, as a means of settling old scores.

“I do not run the ministry to do so. Plus if we wanted to settle scores, we would start with the officers that killed our brothers in jail, those who imprisoned thousands of us for fabricated charges, or those who took our money and are still in their jobs.”

Nakhnoukh threatened to get back at Beltagi for pushing for his arrest and claimed that he has “indecent” CDs of him and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood and which he intended to disclose soon.

The notorious thug had earlier admitted to having strong ties with the former regime, particularly former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly, and to taking part in the alleged rigging of political elections since the year 2000. He, however, has denied charges of arms possession, drug dealing, and prostitution.