22 arrested for attempt to 'stir up public opinion' over teen murder


Tue, 22 Oct 2019 - 03:37 GMT

Egyptian police - Reuters

Egyptian police - Reuters

CAIRO - 22 October 2019: The National Security Sector at the Ministry of Interior detected attempts by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to exploit the murder of a teenager to stir up the public opinion and cause chaos.

The ministry arrested 22 individuals affiliated with the group as they possessed banners, spray, knives, sound guns, and a sound rifle. They planned to commit vandalism, and obstruct the road in front of the trial location in Menoufeya’s Shebin al-Kom.

The apprehended individuals are being interrogated by the Supreme State Security Prosecution. The ministry released video-taped confessions of some of the individuals arrested. They admitted they were instructed by Muslim Brotherhood members to gather and chant against the state in front of the court in return for money. They would use the weapons if the security forces moved to stop them.

Mahmoud el Banna, 18, was stabbed to death by Mohamed Rageh, 17, who committed the crime out of vengeance after the former reproached him for harassing a teen girl. Rageh and four others are being prosecuted in the juvenile court and the maximum sentence will be serving 15 years in prison.

Social media users launched hashtags demanding justice for Banna labeling him “The Martyr of Magnanimity” and calling for the execution of Rageh.



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