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Kuwait Extradites 86 Wanted Muslim Brotherhood Members to Egypt

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Tue, 10 Sep 2019 10:41 GMT

Kuwaiti authorities have arrested 68 members of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, on Wednesday September 4th. All the arrested men are wanted by the Egyptian security authorities for terrorist offences, and are expected to be deported to Egypt shortly.

A security source from Egypt said that the men who fled Egypt to Kuwait, had made Kuwait a centre of their terrorist operations. Before fleeing Egypt, local media reported that they were running a charity fund to support the banned organisation. “They were arrested according to a memo submitted by Egyptian General Prosecution to Kuwaiti authorities early this month,” said the source.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “the members were arrested in a series of raids conducted by Kuwaiti security forces. A special unit of Kuwait’s Interior Ministry uncovered the cell, identified the locations of its members, and detained them in a special operation.”

Egypt and Kuwait signed a judicial cooperation agreement, which includes exchanging information and coordinating cases and updating them. “The signing of the agreement took place during the recent visit of President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi to Kuwait,” said the source who added that the defendants’ remittances helped security authorities to identify the several details about terrorist crimes which they committed.

The sources pointed out that cooperation with Kuwait authorities resulted in identifying the source of their financial flow, as well as people involved in committing terrorist operations.

The Al-Qabas newspaper reported that on Wednesday September 4th, Kuwaiti authorities arrested Muslim Brotherhood leader, Khaled Al-Mahdi, upon the request of Egyptian Public Prosecution. Al-Mahdi is considered one of the most dangerous people wanted by Cairo, for his involvement in several terrorist operations. An arrest warrant against him was issued several years ago, for running electronic programmes to spread chaos and rumours in Egypt.

It was in July, when Kuwaiti security authorities first arrested eight members of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, who were convicted by Egyptian authorities for committing terrorist operations in the country. Kuwaiti sources noted that 300 terrorist Muslim Brotherhood have fled the country for Qatar, Turkey, UK, and Australia, as they were afraid of being arrested. 

The arrested terrorists were conducting regular meetings in Turkey and Qatar to arrange for their attacks," said Mohammed Al-Ghabari, former director of the National Defense College in Egypt, and a security expert at the Nasser Military Academy. In its turn, Kuwaiti authorities announced it will not tolerate anyone who proves his cooperation or association with this terrorist cell, or any other terrorist cells, or organizations trying to disturb the security, and will seriously penalise anyone who would think of harming, or being a risk to Kuwait's security.

The Egyptian security revealed to 7Dnews the identity of three major Muslim Brotherhood members who have fled from Kuwait to Qatar, before the arrest of the 68 Muslim Brotherhood members. They are: Abdel-Salam Zaki Bashandi, former member of the House of Representatives as well as the dismantled party, Freedom and Justice. He is part of the political arm of the terrorist group of the Muslim Brotherhood. He is accused of killing Major General Nabil Farag in September 2013.

The second is Mohammed Nasr Al-Din Farad Al-Ghazlani, who was convicted in two terrorist cases, the main one was that of the Kerdasa massacre, the second was the killing of Farag, He was sentenced to death in absentia for both cases.

While the third is Hesham Kamel Abdel-Hakim Ismail, who is accused of implementing hostile acts against judges, courts, individuals, armed forces, police and public facilities. He was sentenced to death in absentia.

And Al-Qabas reported that Egypt and its allies, including top Gulf powerhouses Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, consider the Muslim Brotherhood to be a "terrorist" organisation. According to security sources: "investigations conducted by Kuwaiti security authorities revealed that members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood cell are part of the larger system, that has been monitored by the authorities for the past three years until being arrested at last.”

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