Egypt forms panel for release of nationals in UAE

January 04, 2013 - 4:29:19 am

CAIRO: Egypt has set up a council to negotiate the release of its nationals arrested in the UAE reportedly for spying and raising funds for President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood party, local media said yesterday.

The council, formed by the newly-empowered senate, will “work towards the release of Egyptian doctors in the Emirates and investigate the circumstances of (their) arrest,” newspapers quoted senate president Ahmed Fahmi as saying.

The Al Khaleej daily reported this week that the United Arab Emirates had dismantled a “cell” linked to the Brotherhood which was recruiting Egyptian expatriates in the Gulf country, mostly doctors and engineers.

The Brotherhood’s spokesman, Mahmud Ghozlan, said the arrest was part of an “unjust campaign” against Egyptian expats, as Egypt sent a presidential adviser to the UAE for talks with Emirati leaders.

At least 10 people “belonging to a cell linked to the Brotherhood’s leadership in Egypt” were arrested, Al Khaleej said.