Cairo: The Egyptian authorities have
started quizzing members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who were
arrested for alleged links with militant Hamas leaders.
The supreme state security police started questioning
of a number of Muslim Brotherhood members who have been
charged with cooperating with Hamas in Gaza Strip and having
links with leaders of the militant organisation through secret
meetings over the past two months.
Though the Muslim Brotherhood is illegal, it is
tolerated as Egypt`s most popular and powerful
The security services arrested Muslim Brotherhood
members along the Gaza-Rafah border after they sneaked into
Sinai from Gaza through tunnels about two months ago.
Prosecution against four members of the Brotherhood,
including one Palestinian, began on May 27 after the
completion of the filing of charges by the authorities. Other
members of the Muslim Brotherhood are still being detained at
the headquarters of security services.
The authorities accused them of forming organizational
cells to encourage taking up arms and struggle through links
with Hamas leaders. They also tried to take up arms to fight
the Israeli enemy.
They were also accused of trying to monitor Israeli
special aircraft and forces by infiltrating into Gaza.
The authorities alleged that they have collect
donations in Egypt for Palestinian people, but diverting parts
of those donations.
However, the defendants` lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel
Maksod expressed surprise at the charges levelled against
them, saying they were political aimed to link the Muslim
Brotherhood with Hamas.
"These charges are repugnant and the accused denied
them. The case is mostly political, aims to cut the arteries
of the besieged Gaza Strip and tries to link the Muslim
Brotherhood with Hamas," he said.
The defendants were remanded to custody for 15 days as
per the emergency law in the country.