Prosecution detains suspects believed to be involved in Muslim Brotherhood protest calls

The Supreme State Security Prosecution has detained 10 new suspects for 15 days pending investigations into a recent call to protest by Muslim Brotherhood leaders on March 1.

The prosecution charged them with using social media sites to spread false news and calling for demonstrations against the law.

According to investigations carried out by National Security Agency’s officers, the suspects participated in a call to demonstrate on March 1, urging others to join in and carry out the orders of Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

Prosecution accused the suspects of cooperating with a terrorist group in achieving its objectives, receiving terrorism financing and participating in a criminal agreement intended to commit a terrorist offense.

Further charges included gathering and using internet accounts for the purpose of committing an offense punishable by law with a view to disturbing public order.

The suspects were represented by lawyers from the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), who demanded that the suspects be released because of invalid procedures regarding the investigations and arrest.

They denied the accusations against them, saying they had not participated in any demonstrations and that a number of them had been arrested from their homes and from the streets.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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