Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood's Top Leader
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Egyptian security forces escalated their crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood by arresting its top leader, state media reported.
Mohamed Badie, 70, the spiritual leader of the Brotherhood, was detained on Tuesday at a residential flat in Nasr City in northeast Cairo, the state news agency said.
"That was after information came to the security apparatus locating his place of hiding," it said.
ONTV, a private, pro-military satellite channel, aired footage purporting to show Badie upon his detention. The channel said that Badie was on his way to prison under tight security, quoting security sources.
Badie and his powerful deputy Khairat el-Shater, who is in custody, will go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters in June.
Al Jazeera reported that Badie had been seen in public only once since Mursi was overthrown and that, with his arrest, most of the Brotherhood's leadership are now in the custody of the military-led government.
A son of Badie was killed in Cairo during last week's 'Day of Rage' protests against the army-backed government and the crackdown on its opponents. Ammar Badie, 38, died of a bullet wound sustained while taking part in protests in the city's Ramses Square.