MB leaders transferred from Suez prison ahead of Jan 25
Egyptian army soldiers guard Torah Prison Complex, which hosts the Aqrab or Scorpion Prison. AP

CAIRO: A number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and “dangerous convicts” were transferred early Sunday from theAataka Prison in Suez to Torah Prison Complex in Cairo and Borg al-Arab Prison in Alexandria, Youm7 reported.

The transfer comes as a “precautionary measure” ahead of the fifth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, the source said, adding that security is “stable” in Suez.

Some 50 Brotherhood leaders have been transferred under “intensified security complete secrecy” as part of a plan to secure police stations and prisons during the anniversary, security sources in Suez told Shorouk News.

Jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders, who have been admitted to downtown Cairo’s Qasr Al Aini hospital over deteriorated health conditions, were transferred to Tora Prison for “security concerns,” days before the fifth anniversary of the January 25  Revolution, Youm7 reported Friday.

“Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, speaker of the 2012 dissolved parliament Saad al-Katatni along with other five brotherhood figures were transferred to the maximum security Tora Prison amid calls for taking to the streets on the fifth anniversary of the revolution,” a security source told Youm7.

Former judge Mahmoud al Khodeiry, who recently had open heart surgery, is the only Muslim Brotherhood figure to remain at hospital, according to the source.

On Jan. 29, 2011, groups of armed men raided several prisons in Egypt, freeing Islamist detainees as well as criminal convicts. Egypt accuses the Brotherhood, Gaza’s Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah of orchestrating the raids.

Several Brotherhood leaders are standing trial in the case.

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