Female Activist Arrested in Egypt
A member of a women's voting group was arrested on charges of possessing forged voting cards, in connection with a case against a prominent Egyptian-American activist, security sources said Sunday.
Warda Bahi, a member of the non-government Women Voters' Support Center, was ordered detained for two weeks as the authorities investigate US-Egyptian democracy and human rights activist Saadeddin Ibrahim, they said.
The case has drawn condemnation from human rights activists, both at home and abroad.
Bahi was among four members of Ibrahim's Ibn Khaldun center for Development Studies and three members of the Women Voter's Support center who were detained on Saturday.
The six others were released, security sources said.
The Women Voter's Support Center was raided here on Wednesday as part of the week-old investigation into Ibrahim, with security officers confiscating thousands of forged election cards, copies of checks from the European Union worth 200,000 dollars and a computer.
They said the seized material added to the pile of evidence against Ibrahim.
Stacks of voting cards were confiscated last weekend from the Ibn Khaldun Center and investigators accused Ibrahim of having paid researchers to register fictitious names of voters on the cards.
The center is accused of receiving funds from foreign sources, including the European Union, which had sponsored a program to educate citizens about their civic rights - CAIRO (AFP)
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