Saudi Arabia arrests professors over Muslim Brotherhood links

Posted May 26, 2014 by Paul Iddon
Saudi Arabia has arrested nine university professors who are alleged to have connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in that kingdom.
Saudi Arabia s Minister for Education Khalid al-Faisal
Saudi Arabia's Minister for Education Khalid al-Faisal
Ahmed Zayer
Ahram Online carries a report which says that two of the professors are Saudis whilst the rest are from other regional countries. They had been conspiring with "foreign organizations" Saudi authorities have said, basing their evidence on "voice recordings and emails" they traced back to him.
If these men are convicted they could spend the next 10 to 15 years in prison. Their alleged conspirators will be deported after such a sentence.
Given its animosity towards the Muslim Brotherhood Saudi Arabia was overjoyed when Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ousted the Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi and subsequently banned and cracked down on that organization. Saudi Arabia has provided the interim authorities in Cairo with billions to help them sustain this campaign and its said that if Abdel Fattah el-Sisi becomes president of Egypt in the coming week that his first visit abroad will be to Saudi Arabia to thank them for helping him in his efforts.
Business Standard also carries the report which says that Saudi Arabia's Education Minister Khaled al-Faisal has said the presence of Brotherhood members in academic institutions in the kingdom is the cause of the "spread of extremist ideology" there going as far to say that, "We offered them our children and they took them hostage … The society left the stage for them, including schools."