CAIRO: Journalist Abdel Rahman Shaheen was arrested Wednesday in Menoufia, accused of inciting violence and organizing illegal protests in the governorate, according to MENA news agency.
Shaheen and eight others were arrested following warrants issued by the public prosecution, the agency reported. Shaheen is suspected of working as a reporter for Al Jazeera as well as the Muslim Brotherhood-owned Freedom and Justice Party TV channel Egypt 25.
Al-Jazeera has not yet issued a comment on Shaheen’s case.
Since the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera network has been seen by many Egyptians as the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood. Network journalists Peter Greste, an Australian, Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian national, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian were arrested in December on charges of “spreading false news.” Their trial will resume on Thursday after the court adjourned the last session on March 31.
The lawyer for detained Al-Jazeera journalists Sayed Shaban told Youm7 Wednesday that the defendants had been beaten and tortured, resulting in fractures and serious injuries.