More Arrests Among MB Members, Al-Shater’s Health Deteriorates

More Arrests Among MB Members, Al-Shater’s Health Deteriorates

The state security forces arrested on Tuesday around 29 Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the governorates of Sharqiya, Gharbiya and Daqahliya, after storming into their houses.

Among those arrested,

-Dr. Mohamed Abdul Ghani- an opthalmology professor at Zagazig University and a Muslim Brotherhood leader and a member in the group’s political committee.

It is worth mentioning that Dr. Mohamed Abdul Ghani is an ophthalmologist in Zagazig city; he suffers from a heart disease and had several heart surgeries. His wife told us that after the surgery his heart works with no more than 40 % of its capacity and that he can not bear any kind of stress or fatigue.

He was arrested three times before this, the latest of which was last June as he was jailed for two months pending trial and he was arrested in January 2005 for six months; also, he was jailed for three years on the court-martials against hundreds of MB members in 1995.

Dr. Mohamed Abdul Ghani is the older brother of Ayman Abdul Ghani who is married to daughter of the MB second deputy chairman and currently detained as part of recent arrest campaign that included 140 of the Muslim Brotherhood”s members and students.

Dr. Abd Al-Ghani”s wife said that the security agents are used to arrest her husband during the feast and deprive his family of his presence among them during many feasts without any legal claim.

-Dr. Amir Bassam, a teacher is in Al-Azhar faculty of medicine, Asyut branch; he was the Brotherhood’s candidate for Bilbeis constituency in 2005 elections.
-Eng. Yasser Roshdi- manager of the project of improving the city of Zagazig.
-Mr. Abdullah Al Zahawi – a MB leader in the governorate.
-Dr Mohsen Qahwa – Owner and manager of the Engineering Electronics company.
-Mr. Abdullah Al Bahrawi – (Lawyer and ex-member in the Bar syndicate in Sharqiya).
-Mohamed Nagib Abdul Ghani Ibrahim- General Manager of the legal affairs in the West Zagazig Education District.
-Ashraf Al-Baghdadi – Employee in the Authority of Electricity.
-Hassan Othman – French language teacher
-Eng. Mohamed Ezzat – Owner of an engineering company.
-Abdul Hamid Ahmed Abdou – Accountant in the Agricultural Authority in Zagazig.
-Maher Abdul Latif – an employee in a contracting company
-Tamer Sobhi Nasruddin – Student in the Faculty of Education, Arabic Dep.
-Osama Ibrahim- Employee in Al-Azhar Education Department.
-Dr. Mohamed Lotfi – Pharmacist, Muslim Brotherhood leader in the city of Fakous.
-Gamal Salem- Teacher in Fakous
-Mohamed Habib- Lawyer

In addition, 5 MB youth were arrested from the village of Sufiya, district of Awlad Saqr of the Sharqiya Governorate, on the day of Al-Adha Feast in the morning; the locations of their detention are still unknown:

         1-Al Sayed Al Sayed Ahmed Salem – Primary school teacher in Suffiya institute
         2-Ali Abdul Raouf Ismail- Employee at the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments)
         3-Al Shabrawi Mohamed Al Shbrway – Physician
         4-Talaat Salahuddin Hussein – Agriculture Diploma
         5-Bahaa Mohamed Abdul Aal – Health technical institute

The Muslim Brothers detained from Tanta, Gharbiya today at dawn are:

– Eng. Ayman Al Shafie: civil engineer and works in the field of real-estate investments; he is the Engineers Syndicate treasurer in Gharbiya, and also a member in the committee of coordination among parties and syndicates and political powers in the governorate, and a former MB candidate for the People”s Assembly elections and he is one of the public figures in Tanta.
-Eng. Alaa Badra: civil engineer and works in the field of the real-estate investments
– Mr. Wahid Al Gazzaz: lawyer and the head of the bureau of MP Sheikh Sayyed Askar
– Mr. Fawzi Al-Marasi: Lawyer
– Dr Alaa Gharaba: Veterinarian
-Mr. Ahmed Al Nagar: Dental technician in Tanta’s faculty of dentistry
-Mr. Muhammad Nagib: Employee in the regional federation of Non-Governmental Organizations
– Mr. Nasr Nour: Headmaster of Al-Geel Al-Muslim school in Al-Mahala
-Mr. Ali Sharaf: Accountant.
The state security forces in Mansoura arrested on Tuesday at dawn 3 Muslim Brotherhood leaders of the Dakahlia governorate, within framework of the unjustified crackdown
that the Egyptian authorities are carrying out against the Muslim Brotherhood and its leaders.

The detainees include,

-Dr. Hamed Mansour, a specialist of Dermal Diseases,

-Dr. Mohamed Abdul Rahman, a cardiologist in the Shirbin public hospital,

-Eng. Mohamed Zakariya, the head of the Auto Department in Al-Huda Wal-Nur Islamic schools in Mansoura.
It is worth mentioning that Dr. Mohamed Abdul Rahman suffers from a previous fracture that he had during his previous detention last year as he spent about six months inside Mansoura public prison.

Al-Adha Feast days witnessed a wide-scale security crackdown against the group members, including arresting a large number from the feast prayer areas squares from in Sharqiya, Giza, Cairo and Al Fayyum.

Also 5 MB youth were arrested from the village of Sufiya, district of Awlad Saqr of the Sharqiya Governorate, on the day of Al-Adha Feast, December, 30, 2006, the locations of their arrest are still unidentified.

On the same day, Egyptian state security officers arrested more than twenty citizens in Al Fayyum during the feast prayer areas while performing the prayers from various areas (Baghwas, Sufi and Hawatim)amid people”s amazement at such an intimidating act that spoils the happiness of the feast among them.

In Giza, the State Security Police refused to carry out the ruling of the public prosecution to release four citizens from Al-Waraq neighbourhood after arresting them in the first day of the feast on charge of distributing leaflets from MP Mahmoud Amer Ali congratulating the public in his constituency on the occasion of the feast

The MP Mahmoud Amer tabled a complaint to counselor Mahmoud Abdul Magid, the attorney general, against the officer Ahmed Tawfik “a manager of a security office in Al-Waraq, Giza Governorate” for his insisting on not carrying out the public prosecution”s decisions and arresting Mostafa Hassan Abbas (33 years), Ala Allah Nasr (37 years), Mohamed Mostafa Hendi (21 years), and Amr Mohamed Saad Haggag (19 years) without any legal claim and that he tortured them with Kicking and electric shocks by officers Amr and Nader, and policemen Mostafa Saqr and Ahmed Hassan, under a direct supervision of the office manager.

In the easteren Cairo region of Al-Marj, the State Security Police forces detained four Muslim Brotherhood members after the prayers on Saturday because of distributing presents offered by the MB parliamentarian Magdi Ashour to people of his constituency on the occasion of the feast.

The detainess: Hassan Anbar, Mohamed Ziada, Mohamed Farah, Mohamed Abdul Aziz, were detained in a number of feast prayer areas after distributing the MP”s greeting cards on worshippers.

Al-Shater’s Health Deteeriorates, Denied Visits

The Ministry of Interior prevented relatives of Eng. Mohamed Khayrat Al Shater, the second deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, and those arrested with him  pending trial, from visiting in a flagrant violations to law that allows those imprisoned pending trials to have a visit every week and an exceptional visit in the first day of the feast

Moreover, the health of Eng. Al Shater is considerably deteriorating; Saad, Al-Shater’s son declared that suffering of uncontrolled Diabetes (high blood sugar), and high blood pressur; Al Shater Jr. said that he saw his father during his appearance in front of the state security prosecution today, January, 2, 2007, in a clear state of fatigue due to the fact that his father is detained with criminals in a cell which isn’t appropriate for human beings; the prisoners are detained in 3 × 8 metres cell where 17 individuals are piled up and sleep on the floor. The cell is opened for only 1 1/2 hours every day. The detainees have been denied blankets and the prison administration refuses to allow medicine for patients specially that most of them suffer from chronic diseases and need a continuous and close medical follow up.

Dr. Mohammed Ramadan, who is in charge of El Shater”s medical treatment, said the MB  Deputy had trouble breathing several times inside the prison cell due to the high level of humidity and inadequate ventilation inside the prison cell which is closed all the time and the air is polluted by cigarette smoking from many of the criminal prisoners he is confined with.

Dr. Ramadan pointed out that the State Security Police, which oversees the detention of political prisoners, refused to allow a blood sugar and blood pressure machines inside the prison to monitor his treatment. Dr. Ramadan added that Al-Shater prior to his arrest, was scheduled to have a cardiac cathetarization to examine the condition of his heart”s ciculation.

The Muslim Brotherhood called on the Human Rights and civil society Organizations to react to this humane issue, and demanded from the Egyptian government and the Ministry of Interior to take into consideration the human rights of these well-reputed citizens.


For his part, sheikh Sayed Askar the People”s Assembly member for Tanta constituency, told Ikhwanweb that these detentions are unjustified and confirm the regime’s plans to end any political or reformist movement.
Askar pointed out that he use all legal means to release these detainees.

These detentions come in the context of the late Egyptian government vetted security and media campaigns against the Muslim Brotherhood, campaigns that coincide with Mubarak”s request to introduce constitutional amendments that the national powers see as flagrant attempts to justify the Tawreeth (that Gamal Mubark succeed his father in ruling Egypt), while the Muslim Brotherhood is considered the biggest opposition force towards these amendments.

The government which bases its rule on emergency laws used- at the beginning of its campaign – the student demonstration in Al-Azhar is a pretext for these detentions that included Eng. Mohamed Khayrat Al Shater, the second deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood Supreme; the ugly face of the government was revealed quickly after the escalation included arresting owners of publishing houses and businessmen and arresting people while committing the prayers of Al-Eid (feast) all over the country, to add fuel to fire with today’s’ detentions at dawn that included Muslim Brothers in Tanta

Dr. Morsi: Gov’t Breaks Political Reform Promises with Latest Detentions
Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Executive Bureau member, confirmed that the crackdown of arrests launched by Egyptian security services on Tuesday at dawn disagrees with the regime’s promises of holding democratic and political reforms.

Morsi said, in a statement to Ikhwanweb, that these detentions- that took place in the governorates of Sharqiya, Gharbiya and Dakahlia- come at a time Egypt prepares for huge constitutional amendments which are supposed- according to government confirmations- to lead to more political reform;
However, what happens proves the opposite, confirming that the regime’s confirmations about reform are only hollow promises, and that the regime insists on curbing any political activity that opposes it, specially the Muslim Brotherhood’s.
“If the regime”, he points out, “seeks a real democratic and political reform, it should allow freedoms and release all political detainees, to hold an effective democratic dialogue from which Egypt may benefit on political, economic and social levels.

Dr. Morsi confirmed that while the government is giving a blind eye to the prevalent corruption in all fields and organizations, it carries out such security campaigns against well-reputed, efficient and honest people who aim only at serving Egypt.

The MB leader calls on concerned authorities to reconsider such measures that eventually serve only enemies who are scheming against us and want Egypt to remain in political conflicts.