The US Department of the Treasury has included the Muslim Brotherhood Hasm militia in its terror list. The department also included two commanders of the militia, namely Alaa al-Samahi and Yahia Moussa, in the same list. It froze the assets of the two commanders and declared them wanted by American authorities.
The department said the two commanders who live in Turkey participate in planning and executing attacks in Egypt, including the assassination of the late Egyptian public prosecutor Hesham Barakat.
Who is Yahia Moussa?
Moussa was born in 1984. He studied medicine and worked as a doctor in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya. He obtained a Master’s Degree in backbone disease. He used to own a clinic in Qattamiya in Egypt.
Moussa was also a member of the office of the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood. He worked at al-Azhar University, before he worked at the office of then-Health Minister Mohamed Hamed Mustafa in November 2012. This came only four months after the Muslim Brotherhood came to power in Egypt.
Moussa travelled to Turkey soon after the dispersal of Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo and Giza. He lives now in Istanbul. He liaises between terrorist groups in Egypt and Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Turkey. He also supervised the fabrication of the documents of Muslim Brotherhood operatives who wanted to escape from Egypt to Turkey.
Moussa participated in making the plan for the assassination of public prosecutor Hesham Barakat. Soon after the assassination of the prosecutor, Moussa wrote on his Facebook page that this man should have been killed a thousand times. One of the perpetrators of the assassination confessed that Moussa had sent him a message to tell him that the killing of the public prosecutor was tantamount to victory from God.
Moussa was responsible for selecting the groups that would carry out the assassination of the public prosecutor. He also decided the missions of each of these groups. He provided these groups with the money necessary for the purchase of the requirements of the operation.
Moussa then received a video of the operation from one of those participating in it. He then sent the same video to Muslim Brotherhood leaders and received congratulations from them on the success of the operation.