Court can­cels re­lease of Al-Jama’a Al-Is­lamiyya lead­ers

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics -

Cairo Crim­i­nal Court re­newed Satur­day the de­ten­tion of two prom­i­nent lead­ers of the Al-Jama’a Al-Is­lamiyya for 45 days pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, thus can­cel­ing an ear­lier re­lease or­der.

The gen­eral pros­e­cu­tion author­ity ap­pealed the re­lease de­ci­sion is­sued Wed­nes­day for SafwatAb­del Ghany and Alaa Abu El-Nasr. Ac­cord­ing to state me­dia, they face ac­cu­sa­tions of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence and be­long­ing to a ter­ror group.

The pair was ar­rested in July 2014 for the afore­men­tioned charges dur­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Rabaa AlA­daweya sit-in, fol­low­ing the ouster of former pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi, who was the first Is­lamic pres­i­dent in Egypt.

Abdel Ghany was the head of the po­lit­i­cal bureau of the Con­struc­tion and De­vel­op­ment Party—the po­lit­i­cal arm of Al-Jama’a Al-Is­lamiyya, while Abu El-Nasr was the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the party.

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