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Egypt targets businessmen over alleged ties to Brotherhood

Egyptian authorities stepped up their crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, this time arresting a number of businessmen they accuse of funding the group’s activities.

CAIRO — Amid the ongoing dispute between authorities and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the security services launched a massive campaign aimed at arresting top businessmen in the country “for their involvement in supporting and financing the group’s activities in Egypt to strike the national economy and destabilize the country,” as per the results of an investigation conducted by the Public Prosecution released on Dec. 7.

On Dec. 5, the Public Prosecution ordered the arrest of businessman Safwan Thabet, executive chairman of the board of directors of Juhayna, the leading producer of dairy and bottled juices in Egypt, for a period of 15 days pending investigation on charges of joining and financing the Muslim Brotherhood.

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