Egyptâ€™s security forces have arrested the former justice minister, Ahmed Suleiman, local former judges told Reuters on Wednesday.
Suleiman was reported to have been arrested at his home in Egyptâ€™s Minya governorate on Tuesday and was later transferred him to the countryâ€™s capital city of Cairo.
He is due to appear before the countryâ€™s Supreme State Security Prosecution. The state authorities did not provide details about the reasons behind the arrest.
Suleiman had served under the first freely-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted in a military coup in 2013 after serving only one year in power.
In March 2017, Egyptâ€™s Court of Cassation rejected Suleimanâ€™s appeal to re-assume his judicial job. The rejection was based on a decision announced by the state Supreme Judicial Council in July 2013, which prohibited judges who had held ministerial positions to serve again in the judicial branch.
Since Morsiâ€™s ouster, Egypt cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood group, killing hundreds of its supporters during the violent dispersal of a sit-in, throwing thousands of its supporters in jail and labeling the group a terrorist organisation.