Prosecution issues more arrest warrants against Islamists
Courtesy: FJP

The number of senior Muslim Brotherhood figures who have had their assets frozen rose from 14 to 21 on Monday.

On Sunday state-run Middle East News Agency reported that the prosecution ordered freezing assets belonging to Brotherhood leaders, including Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputies Khairat al-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat, former Supreme Guide Mahdi Akef and Freedom and Justice Party chairman Saad al-Katatny.

Other notable Islamists whose bank accounts were seized included Rashad Bayoumi, FJP leaders Essam al-Erian and Mohamed al-Beltagy, preacher Safwat Hegazy, the Islamist Wasat Party Vice President Essam Sultan, leaders in the Jama’a al-Islamiya movement  Essam Abdel Meguid and Tarek al-Zomor, Salafi leader Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and former parliament speaker Mohamed al-Omda.

On Monday MENA reported that the prosecution had also ordered the freezing of the accounts of Ahmed Shousha, Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Zeid, Hossam Abu Bakr al-Seddiq, MB lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, FJP member Helmy al-Gazzar, Wasat Party President Abul Ela Mady and Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan.

Egyptian banks began acting on the order on Monday morning.

Many of these officials have had arrest warrants issued against them, or have already been arrested and interrogated on various charges, including inciting violence and involvement in the killing of anti-Brotherhood protesters, as well as insulting the judiciary. Others have faced travel bans.

On Monday Katatny, who is facing charges of insulting the judiciary and inciting violence, refused to be released on LE5,000 bail, MENA reported. His detention will be extended by four days as investigations into the charges continue. Arrest warrants on the same charges were also issued on Monday against FJP leaders Sobhy Saleh and Beltagy.

Freezing the bank accounts of these figures is precautionary procedure against those who are considered to be a “danger to public security,” said a senior executive at Al-Ahly National Bank, as quoted by MENA.


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