Egypt arrests more than 100 Islamists

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  • Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 23:48:52 +0100

AFP

CAIRO: More than 100 members of an Islamist movement, inluding four
Britons, have been arrested in Egypt for "trying to spread extremist
ideas", government daily Al-Ahram said today, quoting officials.

The state security prosector's department had decided the group from the
Hizb Al-Tahrir (Islamic Liberation Party) were to be kept in custody for
two weeks, the newspaper said without giving dates for the arrests in
Cairo and in the south.

In London, the Foreign Office announced in early April that four Britons
had been arrested in Egypt.


However, a representative of Hizb al-Tahrir in Britain, Imran Waheed,
said only three of the four were members of the party, which he said
"never carried out military of terrorist activities," as that would go
against Muslim belief.

Egyptian officials told Al-Ahram the 100 arrested had no ties with
Al-Qaeda but maintained links with the party's offices in Austria,
Britain, and Germany, from where they received financial support.

Source: AFP + Times of India

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