Violent clashes in Egypt have followed the arrest of senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian.
He is the latest leader of the Islamist group to be held in a crackdown on Mohamed Mursi’s movement since Egypt’s first freely-elected president was overthrown by the military.
Mohammed al-Damati, the lawyer for Mursi, who has also been detained since being toppled in July, said this most recent arrest was politically motivated.
“When you note that those investigating are not impartial, then the arrests, police raids and imprisonments are illegal,” al-Damati said.
News of the latest arrest triggered angry protests in Cairo where pro-Mursi students smashed windows, hurled chairs and covered walls of an administrative building with graffiti at Azhar university’s main campus. Police fired tear gas to disperse them.
Tension is rising ahead of Monday when Mursi, Essam al-Erian and 13 other Brotherhood leaders are expected to go on trial on charges of inciting violence.