Egyptian authorities detain seven Muslim Brothers members
Egypt, Politics, 3/4/2006
The Egyptian authorities detained member of al-Irshad office of the Muslim Brothers groups Rashad Bayoumi and other six members of the banned group.
One official in the group said that a police force went to Bayoumi's house which is near al-Jiza pyramids and took him for investigations.
The Egyptian security forces also detained other 6 members of the group including students. This was during breaking into the house of one of them in al-Madi quarters in Cairo.
One official in the group Abdul Menem Mahmoud said that the students were preparing to organize a protest against the cartoons blasphemous to Prophet Muhammad.
Sources indicated that the accusation addressed to all the detainees is that they are members of a banned group, and the attempt of campaigning for the dissolved group, and planning to make a violate security and social peace of Egypt.
One spokesman for the Egyptian ministry of interior said he has no information about the acts of detention.
Commenting on that Abdul Jalil al-Sharnoubi, one of the officials of the group said this step "might be a message addressed to the Muslim Brothers to that the government is changing its policy with them even if the Muslim Brothers have 88 seats in parliament."
The Muslims Brothers in Egypt won these seats in the recent parliamentary elections to become the largest opposition force in Egypt.
After the elections, the Egyptian authorities gradually released hundreds of members and directors of the elections campaigns who were detained during the elections without trial or accusations addressed to them. Accusations were addressed just to one member over violation of the elections.
Bayoumi was the most prominent member in the Muslim Brothers who was detained since the detention of Issam al-Aryan who now presides over the group's political bureau. Al-Aryan was released on October 2005 after he was seized for five months without a trial.
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