CAIRO: Interpol officers left Cairo for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to finalize the procedures of handing over two fugitive Muslim Brotherhood leaders to Egypt, an official source at the Public Security Bureau told Youm7 Monday.
Attorney-General Hisham Barakat announced on March 12 that the Interpol notified him that former Member of Parliament Akram al-Shaer and Brotherhood member Mohamed al-Qabouti were arrested in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait respectively, Youm7 reported.
Shaer and Qabouti are wanted in a criminal case in the Mediterranean city of Port Said on charges of inciting violence in the city on Aug. 16, 2013, two days after the forcible dispersal of the pro-Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo.
A total of 191 defendants are involved in the case. Only 74 of them are under arrest, including the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, and secretary-general of the group’s Freedom and Justice Party and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazy.
Reports state that premeditated and attempted murder, stealing weapons from a police station, sabotage of public and private properties, and terrorizing citizens in the vicinity of the police station in Port Said are among the 17 charges against the defendants.
“Armed Brotherhood elements” allegedly killed five people in the vicinity of the raided police station and attempted to murder 70 others, including police officers. Dozens of citizens were injured and cars and stores were vandalized, according to the defendants’ indictment.
Qabouti arrived in Kuwait on Oct. 16, 2013, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai.
Egypt designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in December 2013, and Saudi Arabia followed suit in March.
Kuwait is one of the main countries that have supported Egypt economically since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi. However, the Gulf state, which is hosting the 25th Arab League Summit Tuesday, refused to enlist the designation of the Islamist group as a terrorist organization in the summit’s agenda, according to Quds Press International News Agency.
Additional reporting by Ibrahim Ahmed and Ahmed Metwalli.