Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood chose Mahmoud Ezzat as its temporary leader,
replacing Mohamed Badie, who was arrested on Tuesday for inciting violence and
murder during a protest last year.
Badie is being questioned in Tora
Ezzat had served as deputy supreme guide of the movement and a
member of the Guidance Council since 1981. A senior Egyptian security official
told Israel Hayom that he believes Ezzat has left the country and is in Yemen or
According to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Ezzat
was born in 1944 and is a doctor by profession, earning his degree in medicine
from Zagazig University.
He was imprisoned along with Badie from 1965 to
1974 and is married to the daughter of former supreme guide Mahdi
He is currently a professor in Zagazig University’s College of
Medicine, where deposed president Mohamed Morsi had also worked. He is also vice
president of the Islamic Medical Association.
He is known as the “iron
man” for his strong leadership style.
Another Brotherhood leader, cleric
Safwat Hegazy, was arrested on Wednesday near the Libyan border, suspected of
trying to flee to Libya, according to a source in the Interior Ministry quoted
in the Daily News Egypt.
The preacher shaved off his white beard and
replaced it with a dark goatee. He is wanted by authorities for instigating
violence during the recently dispersed pro- Morsi protests in
Hegazy was a member of the National Council for Human Rights,
appointed by the dissolved Shura Council in September 2012.
authorities also detained Mourad Ali, a spokesman for the Brotherhood’s
political arm, at Cairo airport, preventing his flight to Italy.
are the latest arrests as part of a military crackdown on the party following
the ousting of Morsi.
“It is well known that all the charges brought
against the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated political
party, the Freedom and Justice Party, as well as the leaders of the anti-coup,
pro-democracy National Alliance are implausible, fabricated charges with no
legally acceptable evidence. What they are facing are nothing but political,
trumped-up charges thinly painted with criminal colors,” Muslim Brotherhood
attorney Ali Kamal said in a statement