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Report: Egyptian Prosecutor Orders Arrest of Two High-Ranking Muslim Brotherhood Officials

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Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered on Sunday the arrest of two high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood officials, Al Arabiya, citing Youm 7 newspaper, reported.

Essam El-Erian and Mohamed El-Beltagy are both accused of inciting violence against demonstrators outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo earlier this week.

An arrest warrant was also issued for the preacher Safwat Hegazy, a Muslim Brotherhood supporter, on the same charges.

Conflicting reports began to emerge Wednesday, the same day that Morsi was ousted, that the military had detained or placed several Muslim Brotherhood members under house arrest.

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Security officials had reported that Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, was taken into custody soon after the military removed Morsi, but an appearance Friday night at a rally dispelled the assertion.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy head, Khairat al-Shater, and the group’s former head Mahdy Akef are among those whose detainment by the police has been confirmed.

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