Egypt arrests Islamist alleging contacts with outlawed group

CAIRO — Egyptian security officials said police arrested a senior Islamist politician Wednesday over allegations that he had contacts with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

They said Abdel-Monaim Abu El-Fetouh was arrested at his home in a Cairo suburb soon after his return from a trip to London.

Five senior officials of Abu El-Fetouh's Strong Egypt party were also arrested, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Abu El-Fetouh was a longtime member of the Brotherhood, but quit the Islamist group years ago. He ran for president in the 2012 election won by the Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by Egypt's military the following year.

Egyptian authorities have since outlawed the Brotherhood and jailed thousands of the group's supporters.

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