Egypt: 2 leading Brotherhood members arrested
Published: July 3, 2013 05:06PM
Updated: July 3, 2013 06:43PM
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Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi wave national flags during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The deadline on the military's ultimatum to President Mohammed Morsi has expired, with 48 hours passing since the time it was issued. Giant cheering crowds of Morsi's opponents have been gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other locations nationwide, waving flags furiously in expection that the military will act to remove the Islamist president after the deadline ends. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Cairo • A security official says the head of the Muslim Brotherhood political party and the Brotherhood’s deputy chief have been arrested.

The security official said Saad el-Katatni, the head of the Freedom and Justice Party, and Rashad Bayoumi, one of two deputies of the Brotherhood’s top leader were arrested early Thursday, in connection with an escape from prison during the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

The arrest came hours after the head of the armed forces ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi, of the Brotherhood, who is also wanted in the case. More than 30 Brotherhood members escaped from prison during in January 2011.