Egypt arrests ex Morsi minister

2013-11-12 20:48
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Cairo - Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested a former minister under Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, officials said, as authorities press a months-long crackdown on the deposed leader's supporters.

Bassem Ouda, who served in Morsi's government as minister of supply and internal trade, was arrested after being found hiding in a soap factory, the officials said.

Police have arrested other former ministers who belonged to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement, as well as much of the Islamist group's leadership.

Ouda, like much of the Brotherhood's leadership, was wanted for allegedly inciting violence.

At least 1 000 people, most of them Morsi supporters, have been killed in clashes with police and soldiers since the military ousted him in July amid mass protests against his turbulent year-long rule.

More than 2 000 have been arrested, and some are now standing trial.

Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader, is on trial for alleged involvement in the deaths of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

Read more on:    muslim brotherhood  |  mohammed morsi  |  egypt  |  north africa

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