Egypt to Question Kuwait's 'Brotherhood Cell'

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019 - 12:15
Cairo - Asharq Al-Awsat

Egyptian government is set to begin questioning eight wanted individuals belonged to a cell linked to the "Muslim Brotherhood."

Earlier, KUNA reported that Kuwaiti authorities handed over to Cairo eight Egyptians who it said had admitted to carrying out terrorist operations in their home country and had fled to Kuwait after being convicted in Egypt.

Muslim Brotherhood officials and supporters denounced the move and defended the detainees while attacking the government for the arrest.

The defendants received by the authorities, included some convicted who had already been sentenced and they will be retried as the Egyptian law stipulates, according to security and legal sources in Egypt.

The sources explained that only three of the defendants are still wanted for investigation, while the remaining five face sentences that are not final because they fled the country before the authorities had the chance to finalize their trials.

An Egyptian legal source pointed out that the cases in which the suspects are tried will take place within the courts of the Upper and Delta governorates. He added that further investigations will reveal whether the convicts are wanted in funding cases of the Brotherhood, which could bring to new charges if confirmed by authorities.

Kuwait’s interior ministry had said on Friday that the men had fled to Kuwait after being sentenced at home to up to 15 years in jail.

Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister, Khaled al-Jarallah, said that the deportations followed “cooperation” with the Egyptian authorities and that “this cooperation will continue.”

Jarallah said that Kuwaiti-Egyptian security coordination is very strong and makes us feel assured.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi reiterated on July 5 the importance of unifying Arab efforts in face of the region's challenges to Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah during a phone call.

The leaders reviewed regional files of mutual interest, as the Kuwaiti emir expressed his deep appreciation for Egypt's efforts in the Arab arena to promote regional and international peace and security.

Authorities in Kuwait ignored attempts by deputies belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters from Salafist forces who condemned the arrest of the “Brotherhood cell”, with some denouncing the Interior Ministry’s measures.

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