Egyptian authorities have arrested the daughter of the deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Khairat Al-Shater, who has been in detention since July 2013, well-informed legal sources reported yesterday.
Aisha Al-Shater was not the only arrested, as the local security forces also arrested her husband the rights attorney, Mohammed Abu Huraira, as well as the rights defence, Huda Abd Al-Moneim.
The sources added the Egyptian authorities have not provided any details about the reasons for the arrest.
"No arrest warrant was presented and no reason was given for her arrest," Abd Al-Moneim's daughter, Gihad Badawy told Reuters.
Abd Al-Moneim – a member of the non-governmental National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) and a prominent rights defender – was banned from travel five years ago after she had spoken at a conference held in Europe about the violence exercised by the Egyptian security forces against demonstrators in 2013, where the country's first freely-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was toppled.
Khairat Al-Shater was immediately arrested after Morsi's overthrow on 3 July 2013, and had received several sentences, which his lawyers say were "flawed and unjustifiable."
International human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Egypt's continued detention of opposition groups and activists.
Since incumbent President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi took over power in a military coup in 2013, he has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and thrown thousands of its members in prison, many have been subjected to mass trials during which they have been given no opportunity for defence.