x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Egypt asks UAE for details of probe into detainees

Egypt has asked the UAE for details of the investigation into a group of Egyptians detained on suspicion of posing a threat to national security.

ABU DHABI // Egypt has asked the UAE for details of the investigation into a group of Egyptians detained on suspicion of posing a threat to national security.

On Tuesday, Egyptian foreign ministry officials met the families of the men, who are suspected of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The assistant to the Egyptian foreign minister on consular affairs, Ali Al Oshairi, presented his government's requests on Wednesday to the undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed.

Egypt has asked for "full details of the investigation, the charges, the provision of access to consular assistance and access to their families", he said.

"The UAE officials assured us that all the requests would be granted once the investigation is completed."

Mr Al Oshairi did not say when he thought that might be.

State security last month arrested a cell of at least 10 people accused of having links to the Muslim Brotherood in Egypt.

Investigators had been monitoring the men's movements for several years and believed they had held secret meetings, set up companies for financial support and gathered confidential information about the UAE's defence capabilities.

Last month, a security source said the investigation would reveal "serious information on conspiracies that were hatched against UAE state security" as well as the names of hundreds of people associated with the Brotherhood network.

amustafa@thenational.ae