CAIRO: A total of 22 “middle leaders” of the Muslims Brotherhood were arrested in several governorates Saturday, according to a police statement.
Those arrested are charged in cases of raiding police stations, incitement and sabotage, the police said Sunday.
In the Delta’s Menoufia, six members of the group’s “quality operations committees” were arrested. The committees allegedly target police and military personnel as well as public utilities.
The overwhelming majority of the top Brotherhood leaders have been arrested in the wake of the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Some of them, however, managed to travel abroad and organize events against Morsi’s ouster, and have been accused of directing sabotage and violent protests within Egypt.
The Brotherhood leaders abroad may never come back to Egypt, as many of them are being tried or have been convicted in absentia in incitement lawsuits.
Most recently, Cairo Criminal Court upheld death sentences for the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 12 others over the deadly clashes that followed the dispersal of pro-MB sit-ins in 2013.