Ezzat, who has been wanted for over five years, was found in an apartment located in the New Cairo area, according to security officials. Ezzat became the group’s temporary leader in 2013 after General Guide Mohammad Badie was detained following the overthrow of then-President Mohammed Morsi in the same year.
Some news outlets have previously reported that Ezzat might be on the territory of Turkey or the Gaza Strip. Dozens of criminal proceedings have been instituted against the group’s top member, and, according to a number of them, he has been sentenced to death.
The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 and designated as a terrorist group in 2013 after massive clashes with law enforcement officers, is an international Islamist organization that has branches in about 70 countries and seeks the Islamization of society.
To date, most of the movement’s top leadership is in prison, but, at the same time, a number of its top members have managed to escape from the country.