The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Report: Muslim Brothers coup attempt foiled

This is what is being said in the more cooky corners of the internet:

JERUSALEM – Egypt has arrested a leader of a major domestic opposition group who allegedly confessed to plotting the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, an Egyptian official told the Galil Report.

The suspect, identified as Abed al-Munemhem Abu al-Futuh of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, allegedly admitted during interrogation to planning the coup. Cairo is withholding details.

Egyptian officials told the Galil Report investigators are focusing on a series of conversations al-Futuh had with Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Syria.

The plot was halted just days after Mahdi Akif, leader of the Brotherhood in Egypt, announced his group would train members in military tactics to fight alongside Hezbollah in Lebanon and to join Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip, which borders the Egyptian Sinai desert.
This must have started with some grain of truth (e.g. concern about Egyptian MB discussions with Syrian MB) but otherwise sounds completely preposterous. Especially since Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a leading "moderate" among the MB, has not been reported as arrested, unlike many of his colleagues.