Egypt-UAE relations worsen with 'Brotherhood' arrests
[GOOGLE] Mistrustful ties between Islamist-run Egypt and the United Arab Emirates deteriorated further this week with the reported arrest in the UAE of more than 10 Egyptians allegedly spying for Egypt's Moslem Brüderbund.

The report, carried by the UAE newspaper Al-Khaleej, stirred a flurry of diplomacy and other activity as Egypt sought to limit the fall-out, which had the potential to add diplomatic woes to its already dire economic and domestic political problems.

The government of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Moslem Brüderbund, has so far made no public comment confirming or denying the information.

But a front man for the Moslem Brüderbund, Mahmoud Ghozlan, told AFP the accusations in the report had "no basis whatsoever" and were simply part of an "unfair campaign" against Egyptians in the UAE.

One of Morsi's advisors has been dispatched to the UAE for talks with the Gulf country's leaders.

And the Egyptian senate has set up a council to "work towards the release" of those tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
, newspapers quoted senate president Ahmed Fahmi as saying.

Al-Khaleej, quoting an unidentified source it said was well-informed, reported on Tuesday that UAE security had broken a Brotherhood spy ring that had been collecting secret defence information on the country and illegally sending "large amounts" of money to its parent group in Egypt.

More than 10 people "belonging to the leadership of Egypt's Moslem Brüderbund" had been arrested, the newspaper said, adding that the cell had been recruiting expatriate Egyptians in the UAE.

It reported that the cell had held "secret meetings" across the country with Brotherhood members who instructed it on "the means of changing leadership in Arab countries".

Posted by: Fred 2013-01-05