Egyptian media has reported that the son-in-law of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat El-Shater was arrested upon his arrival from Qatar. According to the Daily News Egypt report:
December 6, 2014 Ahmed Tharwat, the son-in-law of Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat El-Shater, was arrested by Egyptian security forces upon his arrival from Qatar, state media reported on Saturday.
Tharwat, a member of the Brotherhood, had been ‘kidnapped’ and missing for the past three days, said Brotherhood spokesperson Wafaa Al-Banna.
State media added that Egypt’s intelligence services had tracked phone calls between Tharwat and the Muslim Brotherhood abroad.
According to Al-Banna, Brotherhood detainees are usually detained by intelligence officers and nothing is known about their whereabouts. They then emerge at a police station ‘after accusations are forged’, she claimed.
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The GMBDW reported in September on the announcement by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood that a number of its leaders had been asked by Qatar to leave the country.
GMBDW reporting on Khairat El-Shater has included:
- In June 2014, we reported that Egyptian security forces had seized two supermarket chains owned by leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood including Khairat Al-Shater.
- In July 2013, reported on a Financial Times article that looked at the crackdown by Egypt’s current military rulers on the business interests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders. According to the article, among the top targets of the effort was Khairat El-Shater, a former presidential candidate and architect of the Brotherhood’s political strategy:
- In April 2012, Ahram Online posted an article titled “Muslims Inc: How rich is Khairat El-Shater?” which examined the finances of Mr. El-Shater.
- The Hudson Institute has translated of a lecture given by Mr. El-Shater on April 21, 2011 and titled is “Features of Nahda: Gains of the Revolution and the Horizons for Developing.” The preface to the translation correctly characterizes the lecture as “perhaps the single most important elaboration to date of not only Al-Shater’s worldview and politics, but of the MB’s plan for the future of Egypt and the region more generally in the post-Mubarak era.”
For a profile of Khairat Al-Shater, go here.