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US urges Egyptian Army to halt arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members

Last Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 09:10

Washington: The United States on Thursday urged Egypt`s interim leaders and the Army to stop arbitrary arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members, saying such moves would only prolong the country`s political crisis.

There had been many arrests in recent days "targeting specific groups," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

These "are not in line with the national reconciliation that the interim government and military say they are pursuing," she told reporters.

"If politicised arrests and detentions continue, it is hard to see how Egypt will move beyond this crisis."

Yesterday, Egypt`s public prosecutor ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie and other top leaders for allegedly inciting violence after 51 people were killed in clashes on Monday.

Among those wanted by the prosecution are leading Brotherhood members Mohammed al-Beltagui, Mahmud Ezzat and Safwat Hegazi, the sources said.

The Egyptian public prosecutor has also pressed charges against 200 of the 650 people it detained during the violence, with the others released on bail.

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi has also not been seen in public for more than a week since he was toppled by the military on July 3.

"We have called for an inclusive process moving forward, including all parties. That`s where our focus is now," Psaki added.


First Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 08:52

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