Group says arrests raise fears of fresh crackdown in Egypt


A world rights group says the current arrests of a rights lawyer and an activist have raised fears of a recent crackdown by Egyptian authorities on dissent.

Amnesty International stated late Friday that Egyptian prosecutors ordered this week Haitham Mohammdeen and Mustafa Maher to stay in custody for 15 days over costs of “aiding a terrorist group,” a reference to the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization.

The group says police arrested Mohammdeen after he was summoned Monday to a police station in Giza province, just south of Cairo, for accusations of violating probation terms. Maher was arrested on Tuesday at his house in a Cairo suburb.

Egyptian authorities, in an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent times, have typically charged political opponents, even secular ones, with supporting the banned Islamist group.





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