By Beatrice Thomas
Journalist tweeted he would give one million Egyptian pounds for anyone who helps in search
An Emirati journalist has offered a reward of one million Egyptian pounds ($143,000) for anyone who leads Egyptian security forces to arrest three senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
According to several news reports, Hamad Al Mazroui made his offer in a Twitter post, offering the money to whoever discloses the whereabouts of fugitive Brotherhood leaders Mohammad El Beltagy, Essam El Erian and Safwat Hegazy.
The trio’s arrests have been ordered by the South Cairo Public Prosecution.
The reports said Al Mazroui’s prize, which will be presented in coordination with the Egyptian Interior Ministry, was available to all Egyptians “regardless of their religion or race”.
It also did not matter whether the person was one of the Egyptian Interior Ministry’s officers or from the Muslim Brotherhood itself, Al Mazroui is reported as saying.
News agency Al Arabiya said Al Mazroui previously made a phone call to an Egyptian television talk show where he announced he had gifted the Egyptian people a similar amount to congratulate them on ousting former President Mohammad Mursi from power.
During the phone call, Al Mazroui also unveiled other grants made by several UAE journalists and writers.
Al Mazroui told the Kaleej Times: “I have allocated the cash reward to cease the bloodshed in Egypt as those three men are the leaders of militants and they are no less dangerous than the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Mursi, Egypt’s first democratically elected President, was overthrown by the army last month.
This week Egyptian State news agency MENA reported that the public prosecutor ordered the detention of the deposed president for15 days amid allegations he took part in violent acts and was complicit in the death of protestors.
Egyptian judicial authorities last week extended Mursi’s detention period for 30 days in a separate case.
The UAE government recently deposited $3bn in promised aid to Egypt’s Central Bank.
Saudi Arabia has offered $5bn and Kuwait $4bn to help the Arab world’s biggest country overcome its economic crisis following Mursi’s ousting.