A lawyer acting on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood has asked for government protection after an arson threat to its headquarters and branch offices. Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maksoud submitted the demand to the Ministry of the Interior after the threats by, he alleges, opposition politicians.
The slow pace of the investigation after the movement made official complaints about the threats has encouraged even more, claimed Abdel-Maksoud. The Brotherhood and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party are, he says, victims of a campaign of "discord and lies" resulting in arson attacks on the FJP offices in El-Agoza and Al-Haram districts as well as the movement's headquarters in Heliopolis.
The people behind the attacks, Abdel-Maksoud told Quds Press, "didn't stop at this, but even called for the organisation of a million-man march on the 24th August, in which they threaten to burn the offices of the Freedom and Justice party in various parts of Egypt, and overthrow President Morsi". The lawyer pointed out that such people have no respect for the democratic will of the people of Egypt.
The Ministry of the Interior has been asked "to provide security protection to all the offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party to deter any attack on them and thus preserve law and order".
Mr. Abdel-Maksoud also called upon the Minister of Justice to assign a judge to investigate the attacks swiftly to stop the perpetrators from being able to "damage the revolution and stir up strife" in the country. He told Quds Press that he expects prosecutions to begin soon.