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Three More Brotherhood Leaders Arrested.

Freedom and Justice Party MENA In a further crackdown by Egypt's army-backed authorities against Islamists, in less than 24 hours, the Egyptian authorities have arrested three more Islamist leaders, the Muslim Brotherhood's general guide, a cleric who reportedly was trying to flee the country across the Libyan border and a spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood group on his way to Italy.

The arrest of Mohamed Badie, 70, on Tuesday followed the bloody suppression of rallies demanding the reinstatement of Egypt's first freely elected President, Mohamed Mursi who was toppled by the military on July 3.

Badie had already been charged in July with incitement to murder in connection with protests before Mursi's ousting. He is due to stand trial this coming Sunday, August 25 along with his two deputies.

Egypt's state-run MENA news agency reported that Safwat Hegazy, a top ally of the Brotherhood who is wanted over charges of instigating violence, was captured early on Wednesday at a checkpoint near the Siwa Oasis, near Libya.

The other Brotherhood member is Mourad Ali, a spokesperson for the group's political party. He was detained at Cairo airport, trying to catch a flight to Italy., AFP has reported.

The latest arrests signal the interim government's determination to crush the Muslim Brotherhood and to silence the Islamists' protests against the ousting of Mursi.

Observers point out that the largest country in the Arab world is enduring the worst internal strife in its modern history, and that has alarmed the United States and the European Union. About 1000 people have been killed, including 100 police and soldiers, after security forces broke up protest camps by Mursi's supporters on August 14.

The Brotherhood's newspaper has reported that the group had named Mahmoud Ezzat, former deputy to Badie, as its temporary leader.

The state news agency, said Badie was now in Cairo's Tora prison, where other Brotherhood leaders are held. Mubarak is also jailed there, though legal moves to release him are afoot.

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Date:Aug 21, 2013
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