A prominent critic is charged with terrorism.Egypt's prosecutor on February 15th remanded a leading government critic Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh in custody for 15 days over alleged links to exiled members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, officials said.His arrest on February 14th came after he joined a call for a boycott of the March presidential election that the incumbent, Abdel Fattah al‐Sisi, is expected to win easily after most rivals were sidelined or withdrew.The Interior ministry said Abul Fotouh, a former leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and candidate in the 2012 presidential election, had contacts with the group's members in exile “to sow trouble and instability”.Abul Fotouh was detained shortly after he arrived from London where he gave interviews in which he was critical of the Egyptian government.A member of his Strong Egypt party said he was transferred to the prison hospital on February 15th, without giving more details.Five of his aides were also arrested, but they were subsequently released, according to rights lawyer Gamal Eid.In response to the arrest, Abul Fotouh's party announced a “temporary cessation” of its activities and condemned what it called an “atmosphere of oppression and tyranny”.Sisi was elected in 2014, a year after
Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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