CAIRO: The National Security Authority, in coordination with the Giza Security Directorate, arrested a “terrorist cell” Tuesday, grouping four elements allegedly affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, Youm7 reported.
The cell includes four young men aged between 21 and 24 years old, one of whom is still a student.
The evidence used to warrant the young men’s arrest included political leaflets, mobile phones carrying the four-finger Rabaa al-Adaweya salute, computers that included Brotherhood’s chants, and pictures of the dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares, pictures of a house owned by interim President Adly Mansour in October 6 City.
In a Tuesday phone interview with Rotana channel, Assistant Interior Minister for Media Affairs Abdel Fattah Othman said that the security forces managed to arrest the “terrorist cell” responsible for the riots in area east of Cairo, announcing that 19 persons were arrested over the past few weeks.
Othman said that the defendants face charges of participating in and inciting protests, and of being affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood and the acts of violence in the Gesr el-Suez and Ain Shams neighborhoods.
“The terrorist cell was proven to be involved in the death of journalist Mayada Ashraf and Coptic Christian Mary George,” Othman stated, adding that “the cell was filmed in a video while admitting that they were targeting the two girls in this day.”
Other instances in which defendants have been accused of forming a “terrorist cell” include the Al-Jazeera journalists, who were accused of forming a cell in the Marriott hotel, in which they allegedly conspired against the state and conducted illegal operations that “undermine national security.”
Additionally, a “cell” was arrested in Nasr City for allegedly embracing extremist thought that aims at attacking the army, police and state facilities, among other charges. The arrests come among a wide crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi.
On April 28, Minya Criminal Court sentenced 683 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, to death, and referred the case to the Grand Mufti.
Further, Minya Criminal Court issued a final death sentence on Monday for 37 defendants out of 528 who were all originally sentenced to death on charges of killing the deputy head of the Matai Police Station in Minya on Aug. 14, 2013.
However, Attorney General Hisham Barakat has appealed the sentence.