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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Court: Hamas, Hezbullah, al-Qaeda freed Morsy from prison

An Egyptian court has asked Interpol to arrest the leaders of Hamas, Hezbullah and al-Qaeda, which allegedly planned a prison break in which 11,000 Egyptian prisoners escaped during the early days of the uprising against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Those who escaped included the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, including current Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy.
Essam El-Erian, Sobhi Saleh and Saad El-Katatni were among senior Brotherhood leaders to escape alongside Morsi, who later became Egyptian president, after unknown assailants stormed Wadi El-Natroun prison during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.
The court called on Interpol to arrest the leaders of Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah, Palestinian group Hamas and Al-Qaeda in Sinai for their alleged role in planning and executing the escape.
Thirty-four senior Brotherhood members – including Saad El-Katatni, the leader of its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party – will also be investigated for espionage.
Eleven thousand prisoners escaped and 13 died during the prison break.
At a press conference in Ismailiya shortly after the court hearing, the FJP said the case was an attempt to "derail the revolution and serve the counter-revolution."
The party will appeal the court ruling which it described as "absurd" and "highly politicised."

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