Egypt courts extend detentions of 126 Islamists
Egypt's state security courts pressed ahead on Wednesday with their crackdown on Islamist groups, renewing the 15-day detention of 126 Islamists jailed since June, a court source said.
In Alexandria, the court extended the detention of 102 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who were first jailed when fights broke out during June 27 parliamentary by-elections that saw the ruling National Democratic Party win the two contested seats amidst charges of fraud and police meddling, AFP reported.
Separately, also on Wednesday, 12 members of the banned armed Islamist group Jamaa Islamiya, which spearheaded a wave of political violence in the mid-1990s, were jailed for another 15 days in the Egyptian capital on charges of distributing in June "tracts calling for the overthrow of the regime," the source said.
The courts also extended the detentions of 12 members of the Islamic militant group Al-Taqfir wal-Higra, who were accused of trying to topple the regime, the source added. (Albawaba.com)
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