Court orders release of 10 senior Brotherhood members

October 4, 2007 16:02

A court on Thursday ordered release of 10 prominent figures and businessmen belonging to Egypt's most influential Islamic opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, after nearly 50 days in detention for holding secret meetings. In some past cases, security officials have ignored similar court orders for releasing Brotherhood members and renewed their detentions, using emergency laws that give them wide powers. Among the 10 was Essam el-Erian, a leading moderate in the Brotherhood who was detained in an Aug. 17 raid on his house while he held a meeting, a judicial official said. Fifteen others were also arrested, and prosecutors later claimed the meeting aimed at "reviving the group's banned activities."

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