The Daily Star (Lebanon)

Authoritie­s detain daughter of Brotherhoo­d leader in Egypt


CAIRO: Egyptian security forces have detained the daughter of former presidenti­al candidate and senior Muslim Brotherhoo­d leader Khairat al-Shater, family members and two security sources said Thursday.

Aisha al-Shater was one of six women arrested overnight. They also included Huda Abd al-Moneim, a lawyer and member of the nowbanned Muslim Brotherhoo­d. The Interior Ministry could not immediatel­y be reached for comment.

Shater’s apartment was raided at around 11 p.m. Wednesday, and she and her husband were taken to an unknown location, her sister Hafsa has said.

“We don’t know why they took her,” she said, adding that no reasons were given for the arrest. “We are not involved in any political work.”

Khairat al-Shater, a former deputy leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhoo­d, has been in jail since July 2013 after the army ousted the Islamist president, Mohammad Morsi, following mass protests against his rule.

Morsi was propelled into the presidenti­al campaign in 2012 when Khairat al-Shater was disqualifi­ed on the grounds of a past criminal conviction.

Abd al-Moneim, who was detained at around 1 a.m. Thursday, was banned from traveling abroad five years ago after speaking at a conference in Europe about the violence used by security forces in 2013 on demonstrat­ors protesting against Morsi’s overthrow, her daughter Gihad Badawy said.

No arrest warrant was presented and no reason was given for her arrest, she said.

“We worry about her health. She had a blood clot in her leg … they wouldn’t let her take her medicine,” Badawy said.

The Brotherhoo­d won Egypt’s first free elections after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. –

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