Egypt charges six Muslim Brotherhood members

January 16, 2007 16:02

Egypt has charged six senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood with money laundering - a rare accusation against the Islamist group in what appears to be a crackdown on the group's finances. Prosecutor Hisham Badawi ordered Monday that the six be placed Monday under 15-day detention orders on charges of laundering money through investments in Egyptian industrial projects, an official in the prosecutor's office said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to the press. Police had arrested the six members in dawn raids on Sunday. They all belong to the Brotherhood's financial committee.

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