Cairo: Lawyer accused of militancy arrested

Egyptian police have arrested a prominent Islamist lawyer suspected of belonging to the militant al-Jihad group here, and accused him of spreading false rumors to defame Egypt's reputation and incite public opinion, judicial officials and lawyers said. Mamdouh Ismail, who has been defending Islamic militants since early 1990s, was arrested last Thursday, the officials said on customary condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. On Saturday, state security prosecutors ordered him detained for 15 days for questioning. Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, one of Ismail's lawyers, told The Associated Press that his client is accused of acting as a liaison between al-Jihad leaders abroad, including Ayman Al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's lieutenant, and al-Jihad detainees inside Egypt.