Selin ATAY-TDO- On Friday, the acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mahmoud Ezzat was arrested during a raid on a flat in Cairo, said the Egyptian government.
The movement has been deterred by an overwhelming pressure as it was forced from power for seven years. The latest blow to this oldest and the most organized Islamist movement is the arrest of the Ezzat.
Known with his uncompromising attitude in the Brotherhood, Ezzat was a former influential deputy to the leader Mohamed Badie. After Badie’s arrest in 2013, August, Ezzat became the acting leader.
Ministry of Internal Affairs stated the he was arrested in an apartment used as a hide-out in the Fifth Settlement district, Cairo. He was also accused of joining and leading a terrorist group and engaging in illegal funds.
Though Brotherhood strongly denies, the Egyptian government steadily accuse it of promoting militancy and subversion.
Since 2013, Ezzat was suspected of watching over several assassinations or attempted ones as well as bombing, said the Interior Ministry. The Ministry also stated that it seized encrypted communications equipment during the arrest.
When he was not in the courtroom, he was sentenced to death and to life in prison. He will be judged again according to the Egyptian law.
Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm al-Sabaa published a picture distributed by the Interior Ministry. The picture captured gaunt and weak looking Ezzat wearing a striped T-shirt.
Following the army-chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s leading the overthrow of former President Mursi in 2013, the Brotherhood has been outlawed and most of the leaders have been in a prison, as Fattah al-Sisi was an influential figure that was first democratically elected.
Many senior members have left the country and most are living in Turkey now. Media reporters captured Ezzat abroad as well.
Badie has received more than one life sentences, as he stays in prison in Cairo. After his collapse in a prison courtroom in 2019, Mursi passed away.