A leader of one of the youth movements behind Egypt’s 2011 uprising has been detained by security forces, officials have told reporters.
Ahmed Maher, co-founder of the pivotal April 6 movement, was held at Cairo airport “based on the orders of the general security department at the interior ministry”, a security official told the AFP news agency.
He had just returned from Washington, DC, where he had addressed a New America Foundation conference entitled “Egypt in transition”.
His passport was confiscated before he was taken for questioning, according to the official MENA news agency.
Maher stands accused of encouraging Egyptians to protest outside the home of Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, a ministry official told MENA.