- Human RightsMB in International pressPrisoners of Conscience
- December 8, 2009
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Egypt detains 10 senior Muslim Brotherhood members
Egyptian authorities have detained 10 senior members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, the group’s secretary general told AFP today.
The officials were arrested in the Nile Delta province of Kafr el-Sheikh yesterday during a meeting, Mahmoud Ezzat said, adding authorities provided no reason for the arrests.
“Detentions in Egypt are like death, they can happen at anytime to anyone and no one knows why,” Ezzat said.
Saturday’s arrests were “a continuation of the same politics that infringe on the rights of all citizens. Arrests are arbitrary and release orders are arbitrary.
“Today, there are 227 of the group’s members still behind bars,” including those arrested yesterday, Ezzat said.
The Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and most organised opposition group in the country, controls 20 per cent of seats in parliament.