Egypt Freezes Assets of Key Members of Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt Freezes Assets of Key Members of Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt has taken a bold move against the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. The country’s public prosecutor has frozen the assets of 14 Islamist leaders, reports The BBC.

Among those who reportedly had their assets frozen are the Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater.  Badie and other Brotherhood members are already the subject of arrest warrants, while the ousted President Mohammed Morsi is still in custody.

“The decision by Egypt’s public prosecutor Hisham Barakat to freeze the assets of senior Islamists comes amid an ongoing investigation into deadly clashes that have happened since President Morsi was ousted,” reports the BBC.

Egypt’s state-run Channel 1 TV, has reported that the leader of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party Mohammed Saad al-Katani also had his assets frozen, along with senior leaders in rival Islamist groups.

Morsi’s supporters, many of them members of the Muslim Brotherhood, have been participating in a mass sit-in Cairo since he was removed from power on July 3rd.  They are demanding Morsi’s reinstatement as president and charge the military’s removal of him was a coup.