4 Threat Matrix: In Egypt, Ansar al Sharia Brigades posts hit list

Written by Thomas Joscelyn on December 12, 2012 4:28 PM to 4 Threat Matrix

Available online at: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012/12/in_egypt_ansar_al_sharia_briga.php

Egypt Independent reports:

Naguib Gabriel, head of the Egyptian Federation of Human Rights, on Tuesday filed a charge with the prosecutor general, requesting the arrest of the members of the so-called Ansar al-Sharia Brigades, after they posted on Facebook a list of assassination targets in case the state falls.

The list included familiar faces from politics and the media, as well as Pope Tawadros II and other Coptic figures.

Gabriel said that what was posted constitutes intimidation, thuggery, threats to national security and safety, sedition, terrorism and violation of the rule of law, and that all these crimes are mentioned in the Egyptian Penal Code.

He called on the interior minister to conduct investigations into who is behind the group and its finances.

I'm currently looking into this group and the claim that it has posted a hit list.

For my coverage of the al Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia Egypt, headed by Ahmed Ashush (a Zawahiri ally), see here and here.