Cairo - A fugitive leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is
denying media allegations that his group is waging a "terror"
Mohammed el-Beltagy's videotaped speech was aired by
Al-Jazeera early on Tuesday. He says the accusations are "lies" and an
attempt to turn a political crisis into a security problem.
He went into hiding earlier this month after authorities
violently broke up protest encampments held by supporters of president Mohammed
Morsi, ousted in a 3 July coup. Hundreds died in the crackdown, including
In a backlash, Morsi supporters attacked police stations,
government buildings and churches. Hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and Morsi
supporters have been arrested, many accused of orchestrating violence.
Egypt's media, almost uniformly anti-Brotherhood after the
closure of Islamist TV stations, have described the crackdown as a "war on