Interior Ministry unveils intel on Aboul Fotouh connections with MB
CAIRO – 15 February 2018: Intel that State Security claimed have unveiled how Muslim Brotherhood (MB) dissident and former presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Aboul Fotouh communicated with fugitives and MB elements inside and outside Egypt to carryout chaotic agendas against the country, a Tuesday Ministry of Interior statement said.
Aboul Fotouh has been ordered detained for 15 days following an investigation by the National Security prosecution. He was arrested Wednesday night over six charges, including incitement.
The list of charges include, “inciting against the state and the constitution, call for boycotting the upcoming Presidential elections in March, being a member of a law-labeled terrorist group and communicating with fugitives, destabilizing Egypt’s stability and security aiming to topple the current regime, calling for chaos and spreading rumors and finally hindering the state’s organizations from practicing their role regarding stabling and securing the country.”
The statement added that Aboul Fotouh was collaborating with MB elements to carry out schemes that aimed to stir chaos and instability to create a chance for the terrorist group to rejoin the political scene.
Aboul Fotouh, according to the statement, conducted a series of secret meetings abroad, including the latest meeting in London on Feb. 8, when he communicated with member of the international MB organization Lotfi al-Sayed Ali Mohamed, and two MB members who fled to Turkey, namely Mohamed Gamal Heshmat and Hossam ad-Din Atef al-Shazly. The aim behind the meeting was to set the mechanisms of carrying out MB chaotic schemes and exploiting the accompanying political atmosphere.
The intel also affirmed that Lotfi al-Sayed coordinated with MB members to receive Aboul Fotouh in Heathrow Airport and prepared his interview with Al Jazeera Channel, which included allegations and lies about the state, all in favor of the schemes he intended to continue once he is back in the country by Feb. 13.
On Monday, an Egyptian lawyer submitted an official complaint to the public prosecutor, calling for the arrest of Aboul Fotouh, after appearing on an Al Jazeera television show from London. Lawyer Samir Sabry accused Aboul Fotouh of “spreading fake news” and demeaning Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
Despite his disputes with the legally-labeled terrorist, Muslim Brotherhood group, many politicians still knows he has strong relations with them.
Former Brotherhood leader, who split from the group in 2002, Tharwat al-Kherbawy said in statements on Wednesday night to DMC channel that Aboul Fotouh is going to be tried due to being a member of a terrorist group, not just because of his connections with them.
“He never split from them, despite pretending the opposite. He still has strong connections with them, and can’t really judge anything properly,” Kherbawy added.
He explained that Aboul Fotouh traveled to London for almost two months during the last period and met several members of the group’s international office.”During his meeting with them he attacked the current regime and accused it of violating human rights.”
Furthermore, Kherbawy noted that Aboul Fotouh’s real intentions are to create chaos inside the country to affect the Egyptians people. “Without chaos they won’t ever be able to come back to the country.”