Riyadh-based MB leader arrested at Cairo airport with $96K to fund ‘sabotage’
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7

CAIRO: A Muslim Brotherhood leader has been arrested at Cairo Airport for allegedly funding sabotage acts in Egypt, a security source told Youm7 Sunday.

Egyptian Agricultural Engineer Islam S., based in Riyadh, was arrested in possession of $96,860, the source said, adding that he is a prominent Brotherhood leader and a member of the group’s “mobile committees.”

A maximum of $10,000 in cash or the equivalent of the amount in any other currency may be carried by a passenger at Cairo International Airport.

He is also a member of the Egyptians’ Care Fund in Riyadh, whose activities have been banned since 2013 because it is “controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood,” according to the source, who claimed the fund’s money was used to support violence in Egypt.

Many charities have been dissolved since 2013 over allegations that they are run by the Islamist group to spread their ideology and that the donations are used to fund anti-state operations. Other charities have been taken over by the Ministry of Solidarity.

Acts of violence against the police and attacks on state-owned facilities such as pylons went rampant in 2013, 2014 and 2015 after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Dozens of policemen were killed, and Attorney-General Hesham Barakat was assassinated in June 2015.

The attacks have largely subsided in recent months across Egypt, yet North Sinai remains a spot of turmoil.

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