The Egyptian authorities arrested Monday four colleagues of an Egyptian-American human rights and democracy activist who was charged at the weekend with trying to undermine Egypt's stability.
The state prosecutor's office identified the four as members of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies, a non-government organization working on human rights and democracy which is headed by Saad Eddin Ibrahim.
Ibrahim, an Egyptian-born US citizen who is also a professor at the American University in Cairo, was arrested late Friday on charges of receiving money from abroad to undermine Egypt's stability.
The prosecutor's office said arrest warrants were also issued for four other members of the center.
It did not say what the eight were being charged with.
Security sources said Sunday that the center's accountant Nadia Abdel Nur had been detained for two weeks, but that another colleague was freed Saturday after questioning.
Under Egypt's emergency laws, suspects can be detained without charge for two weeks, which can be renewed indefinitely - CAIRO (AFP)
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