Muslim Brotherhood condemns arrest of leader; U.S. reviewing aid to Egypt
The Muslim Brotherhood was quick to condemn the arrest of its spiritual leader Mohamed Badie.
A spokesman says the arrest was part of a plot against the 2011 revolution that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.
The interim government accuses Badie of murder and inciting violence.
"With regards to the arrests of our leader, Mohamed Badie, we move as an alliance. He runs peaceful protests, he is a symbol, we are greatly saddened about his arrest, and we are greatly saddened about him being taken to prison without being prosecuted, without any legal procedures."
The army-backed authorities detained Badie near the site of a protest camp in Cairo after suppressing rallies there that were filled with supporters of overthrown president Mohamed Morsy.
Egypt is still in a state of emergency with more than 9-hundred people killed since last Wednesday following a brutal crackdown on pro-Morsy supporters by the interim government.
The turmoil in Egypt has deeply alarmed the international community.
It has prompted the United States to adopt a harder line toward Egypt's military-backed government, but it stressed U.S. aid to Cairo was not immediately suspended.
"The other thing I can confirm for you is that because we have not made a decision to cut off aid to Egypt, it is possible that additional tranches of aid could go out, but that is something that is being evaluated on a case by case basis."
At issue is whether the U.S. will continue to send about 1.2 billion dollars in U.S. military assistance and about 240 million dollars in economic aid to Egypt every year.
Egypt's interim government, supported by Israel and Saudi Arabia, says it will resist any external pressure in its internal affairs.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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