Jihadist leader Tharwat Shehata arrested Monday
Egyptian Security forces - YOUM7/Kareem Abdul Kareem

CAIRO: National security forces arrested Monday Egyptian Islamic Jihad leader Tharwat Salah Shehata in 10th of Ramadan City in Sharqia.

Sources told Youm7 that police confirmed Shehata’s presence in Egypt within the last year, having previously spent time in Libya where he helped militants before traveling to Turkey.

The general prosecution ordered for Shehata to be held for 15 days pending investigations into several charges, including belonging to a “terrorist” organization and for his alleged involvement in killing seven Egyptian workers in Libya in March.

Al-Watan Newspaper reported that an official source said that Shehata is also accused of targeting police officers and National Security officers.

Al-Ahram Newspaper reported Wednesday that an official source in the state security prosecution said that they will begin an investigation into Shehata’s charges early Thursday morning.

Shehata is considered one of the most important leaders in the jihadist movement as he was a member of the Jihad Shura council. He spent three years in prison for his involvement in the assassination of former President Anwar Sadat, and was sentenced to death in absentia two times by military courts.

The first was based on an accusation of attempting to assassinate late Prime Minister Atef Sedqy in 1994, and the second time was in the case referred to as the “Returnees from Albania” in 1999.

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