Brotherhood punishes members for attending conference with dissident

The Muslim Brotherhood has dismissed and condemned some of its members for attending a conference last month by presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, a dissident from the Islamist group.

“They have dismissed me,” said Mohamed Abdel Kerim from the Nile Delta city of Damanhour.

He added that the Muslim Brotherhood's leadership has in recent years been keen to neutralize liberal elements within it.

“The group has been operating in secret,” he said. “It finds it difficult to operate in public.”

Another member who was targetted for his involvement in the conference is Abdalah al-Misiry.

“I was dismissed for six months,” said Misiry. “But they cannot dismiss me from Islam,” he said, adding that he might differ with the current group leaders but not with the thoughts of the group's founder, Hassan al-Banna.

The Brotherhood's representative in Damanhour, Mohamed Sweidan, declined to comment on the dismissals.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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