CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces on Wednesday arrested one of the last senior
Essam El-Erian, a top official in the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, was picked up in a raid early Wednesday in a house in an upscale Cairo neighborhood.
In a statement on its official Facebook page, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said the arrest was part of its effort to "pursue wanted leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood."
El-Erian had been a fugitive since the July
Thousands of Brotherhood supporters, including Morsi, face similar charges in the aftermath of the July 3 coup. Morsi is due to go on trial Monday in Cairo.
The former president's backers accuse the state of bringing trumped-up charges against them in order to silence demands for his reinstatement. Pro-Morsi demonstrations continue to flare despite authorities' efforts to quell them.
On Wednesday, students at Al-Azhar University, the country's top Islamic institute, stormed the university's administrative building, breaking windows and trapping administrators in their offices before riot police intervened. The campus, whose student body includes a large number of Brotherhood supporters, has been a hotbed of protests in recent weeks.