Egypt arrests brother of Qaeda chief for 'backing Morsi'
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities have arrested Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, for supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a security source said on Saturday.
The brother was arrested in his home district of Giza, adjacent to the capital, the source said.
In July, Zawahiri issued an edict telling followers to support Morsi against the army and the opposition.
"Don't be afraid and don't hesitate. In the end, it won't be us who are vanquished but quite the opposite," said Mohammed al-Zawahiri, quoted by Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm.
"We don't want chaos, disorder and sedition," said the fatwa, urging al-Zawahiri's followers to fight the "plot orchestrated by the United States and its agents".
Mohamed Rabee al-Zawahiri is an Egyptian Islamist who was a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad and one of 14 people subjected to extraordinary rendition by the CIA prior to the 2001 War on Terror.
In March 2011, he was released from prison in Egypt, but quickly re-arrested. He was subsequently re-tried in an Egyptian military court on terrorism charges and acquitted of all charges, and was released in March 2012.
In September 2012, Zawahiri offered to mediate a 10-year hudna (truce) between Islamists and the Western world, in return the United States and the West would stop intervening in Muslim lands, stop interfering in Muslim education, end the war on Islam and release all Islamist prisoners.
In an interview which aired on Egypt's CBC TV on October 4, 2012, Al-Zawahiri denied "belonging to Al-Qaeda or any other organization" but stated that "ideologically speaking, I am in agreement with all these organizations. Our common denominator is the Islamic sharia."
He was involved in the organization of the September 11, 2012 protest at the United States embassy in Cairo.
On January 18, 2013, he organized a protest outside France's embassy in Cairo against French intervention in Mali.
He described France's military actions as "threatening of the return of French colonialism on Arab and Islamic peoples" and stated that France was at war with Islam.