Alleged Muslim Brotherhood members sent back to Egypt

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Kuwait handed eight Egyptians who admitted carrying out terrorist operations in their home country and fled to Kuwait after being convicted back to the North African country, state news agency KUNA reported.

Kuwait’s interior ministry said the men were part of a militant cell linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and fled to Kuwait after being sentenced in Egypt to up to 15 years in jail.

Kuwait did not specify the circumstances of the sentencing and there is no official comment from Egyptian authorities.

“After conducting preliminary investigations, they admitted to terrorist operations inside Egyptian territory,” said Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister Anas Khalid al-Saleh, according to KUNA.

The men were returned under the terms of bilateral agreements KUNA quoted a senior foreign ministry official as saying. The interior ministry said investigations were continuing to find other cell members.

Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after the Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was toppled by the military.

Since then, Egyptian authorities arrested thousands of political opponents, many Islamists, according to human rights organisations.

The Brotherhood publicly renounced violence decades ago and pursues an Islamist political vision using exclusively peaceful means.