Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leader arrested

CAIRO - Leading Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohammed al-Beltagi has been arrested, according to Egyptian state media.

Mr Beltagi, secretary-general of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), is accused of inciting violence, Channel One TV said.

Prosecutors had ordered his arrest on 10 July.

It comes as Egypt's military moves against Brotherhood leaders following the ousting of former President Mohammed Morsi.

Despite the arrest order, Mr Beltagi had appeared on an almost daily basis at the Rabaa al-Adawiyah sit-in in Cairo occupied by supporters of Mr Morsi. The former MP was often seen delivering fiery speeches on the stage.

Hundreds of people died earlier this month when security forces stormed protest camps in the capital.

Much of the criticism of the Brotherhood in Egypt's media has focused on Mr Beltagi, who is accused of being behind acts of violence allegedly perpetrated by Brotherhood members.

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