6 Cairo University students detained for ‘planning to disrupt runoff’
Pro-Muslim Brotherhood students protest at Cairo university - YOUM7 Archive

CAIRO: Six Cairo University students who allegedly belong to the Muslim Brotherhood were ordered detained for 45 days for “planning to disrupt the runoff of the parliamentary elections,” Youm7 reported Tuesday.

The investigations of South Giza prosecution reported that the students were in touch with Brotherhood middle leaders to “fund their scheme.”

The detainees allegedly used social media to call on citizens to boycott the elections and exchange emails with other students to help call on people not to vote.

They include two students from the Faculty of Law and four from the Faculty of Dar al-Uloum, which specializes in Arabic and Islamic subjects.

They are also charged with attempting to drive a car into Cairo University loaded with large amounts of Molotov cocktails to be used in riots.

Their formal indictment includes belonging to a banned group, disrupting public peace, and inciting against the military and police.

On Oct. 20, eight Muslim Brotherhood supporters were detained on charges of possessing firearms and explosives to use them in riots during the elections. They were arrested in an apartment in Matariya in northern Cairo.

The turnout of voting in the first phase of Egypt’s parliamentary election Oct. 18-19 reached 30 percent, according to a poll carried out by the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera,) but some media outlets and observers reported that the turnout was even lower.

The runoff of the first phase of the elections kicked off Tuesday-Wednesday in 14 governorates including Giza. After the second phase of the elections and its runoff, the results of the poll will be announced Dec. 3.

The voter turnout in the 2011/2012 parliamentary elections amounted to around 55 percent.

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