An Egyptian court has ordered the release of 16 senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood who are accused of forming terrorist cells, the Islamist group said on Monday. Accprding to AFP, police had detained Brotherhood deputy chief Mahmud Ezzat and 15 senior members in February on charges of forming "secret terrorist groups" and plotting to overthrow the government.
The order by the Cairo criminal court came on Sunday, the group said on its website. A security official confirmed the order.
A son of detained politburo member Essam Erian told AFP that he was expecting his father to be freed once bail was posted but this could not be done on Monday due to government offices being closed for a national holiday.