Egypt claims Hamas, Brotherhood involved in top prosecutor's killing

Egypt claims Hamas, Brotherhood involved in top prosecutor's killing
The Sisi regime has accused Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas of involvement in the assassination of Hisham Barakat last year, but Hamas has denied any role.
2 min read
06 March, 2016
Hisham Barakat died after an explosion hit his convoy in Cairo in June 2015 [AFP]

Egypt on Sunday accused the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas of being involved along with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in last year's killing of the country's top prosecutor Hisham Barakat.

"This plot was carried out on the orders of the Muslim Brotherhood ... in close coordination with Hamas, which played a very important role in the assassination of the chief prosecutor from start to finish," Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar told reporters.

Cairo regularly accuses Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, of supporting attacks in Egypt.

Hamas has consistently denied involvement in these attacks.

Barakat, 64, was killed in a car bomb on June 29 in the upscale east Cairo district of Heliopolis.

He was the most senior government official killed since jihadis launched an insurgency following the military overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

His assassination, which has never been claimed by any group, came as a blow to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who overthrew Morsi and won elections in 2014 on a pledge to wipe out Islamist militants.

After ousting Morsi, the authorities began a blistering crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement that has left hundreds of people dead and thousands jailed.

The Brotherhood, the country's main opposition movement for decades, was blacklisted as a "terrorist group" in December 2013.