Fifth spokesperson of Brotherhood behind bars for ‘incitement’
Spokesperson of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Yasser Mehrez - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Spokesperson of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Yasser Mehrez was arrested Friday, making him the fifth Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson to end up behind bars since the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya dispersal .

Mehrez was arrested at an apartment in October 6 City, South East Cairo, for his alleged implication in recent terrorist attacks and incitement, reported Youm7.

Ayman Maher, another spokesperson of the party that belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested on March 6 in Cairo’s district Sayeda Zeinab on charges of incitement against security forces and damaging state and private properties.

Spokesperson of the Brotherhood Gehad el-Haddad was arrested on Sep. 17 in an apartment in Nasr City, a district to the east of Cairo where a major pro-Morsi sit-in was held for over a month. He is facing several charges, including spreading false information, inciting and complicity in murder.

Spokesperson of the Brotherhood Ahmed Aref was arrested in an apartment in Nasr City on Aug. 22. He is facing charges of orchestrating chaos and violence in the aftermath of pro-Morsi sit-in dispersal.

The media adviser of FJP Mourad Ali was arrested on Aug. 21 at Cairo Airport, where he was heading to Italy. He is also charged with inciting violence and chaos.

The five spokespersons are facing trial alongside most of the senior leaders of the group, designated a “terrorist organization” by Egypt in December.

The Supreme Guide of the Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, 70, and deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater, who was initially the group’s presidential candidate in 2012, are currently jailed. Because Shater was not able to officially run for president due to a previous conviction, the Brotherhod nominated Mohamed Morsi.

General Secretary of FJP Mohamed Beltagy, chairman of FJP Saad el-Katatni and his deputy Essam el-Erian are also facing trial.

Some hundreds of pro-Brotherhood protesters are detained for illegal protesting, belonging to a terrorist group, blocking roads, damaging properties and assaulting state officials.

Following the forcible dispersal of Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, which killed hundreds, armed attacks targeting police and military targets have killed dozens.

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