CAIRO: Security forces arrested members of a Muslim Brotherhood-linked cell for racking information helping in attacking public facilities, politicians, judges and media personalities, the state TV reported Monday.
The cell, which names itself after the Brotherhood’s Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater, has operated since 2012, after former President Mohamed Morsi was elected.
“The cell collected information and sent it to the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood abroad and other foreign entities, and spread false news harming the state’s interests,” the state TV said in its statement.
“The members of the cell were trained on hacking official social media accounts of ministries and some police and military officers to collect information then spread it in an attempt to destabilize state institutions and to delay national projects,” it added.
The statement claimed the cell consisted of three units; the first one was tasked with hacking communication devices used by police and military officers, the role of the second unit was to hand over money and weapons to other cell members in different governorates, while the third submitted all information on the cell to the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau.
The cell received orders from Morsi and other senior Brotherhood members, such as Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie’s deputies; Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat, and the group’s Secretary-General Mahmoud Hussein, according to the statement.
The police previously accused the Brotherhood of creating “terrorist cells” to claim responsibility for attacks, repelling accusations of “terrorism” against the Brotherhood itself.
Morsi and other Brotherhood figures are being tried in different cases elated to violence and espionage.
On May 16, Cairo Criminal Court preliminarily sentenced 16 Brotherhood members to death for collaborating with Hamas.
On April 21, the court sentenced Morsi to 20 years in prison for inciting violence outside the Ittihadeya Presidential Palace in 2012, leading to the killing of several protesters.