CAIRO - Egyptian police detained the brother of al Qaida no. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri on Sunday, days after he had been released as part of an amnesty extended to political prisoners, lawyers representing him said.
Mohammad al-Zawahiri was arrested at his home in a Cairo suburb in the early hours of the morning, said lawyers Mamdouh Ismail and Nizar Ghurab. No reason was given for his detention and it was not clear where he was taken, they said.
Zawahiri, a member of the Islamic Jihad group led by his brother, had spent 10 years in prison in Egypt on charges of militancy.
The authorities had decided to rearrest Zawahiri on Sunday because he was wanted in connection with other cases, security sources said.