Police today have arrested Gehad el-Haddad, the well-known English-speaking spokesman for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and a target of much Twitter vitriol.
The spokesman was arrested for allegedly inciting violence that ultimately killed protestors, state media and a security official told the AP.
The son of Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi's foreign advisor, Essam al-Haddad, el-Haddad was a prolific spokesman and adamant defender of the Brotherhood's policies both before and after Morsi's ouster.
During the coup, el-Haddad spoke to international media while protesting from within a massive sit-in. He remained in hiding while still publicly criticizing the coup when the army violently broke up the sit-in on Aug. 14, leaving over 1,000 dead — most of them Morsi supporters.
Egyptian police arrested the spokesman with three other group members, including a former lawmaker, in the Cairo suburb where the sit-in was held.
Two other members of the Brotherhood were also arrested in a nearby apartment and are also accused of inciting violence, the official said.
El-Haddad's father and two other top Brotherhood leaders have been held with Morsi in an undisclosed location since the former president was ousted in a July 3 military coup.
Thousands of Morsi supports and Brotherhood members were arrested in the last month, with more than 2,000 being held pending prosecution. At least two top leaders remain wanted.
Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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