Egypt freezes assets of government critic

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By Middle East Affairs

Egypt has frozen the assets of a leading government critic who was arrested earlier this month for alleged links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, AFP reported Sunday.

Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh was arrested Feb. 14 after a joined a call to boycott the presidential election next month.

Incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win as most other candidates were removed from the campaign or withdrew out of fear.

AFP reports that Abul Fotouh had given interviews in London, where he was critical of the Egyptian government, and upon return to the country he was arrested.

In custody for 15 days, he was placed on the country’s terrorist list.

On Sunday, the news agency reports, the public prosecutor’s office said an ongoing judicial probe found that Abul Fotouh’s funds were being “used to carry out terrorist activities.”

The interior ministry claimed, AFP says, that as a former leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Abul Fotouh had reached out to group members in exile to “sow trouble and instability.”

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