The Suez prosecution service handed four men a 15-day preventative detention Friday accused of plotting to sabotage and destroy power stations, reported state media
The four men, described by state-run MENA as “[Muslim] Brotherhood leaders”, are reported to have confessed to receiving instructions to sabotage power plants with the aim of stoking incitement against the government.
The Canal Electric Company, based in Suez, employs the men.
Egypt’s power crisis has worsened over the summer with regular power outages occurring.
A power outage on Thursday that affected large parts of the country was attributed to maintenance work.
Prime Minster Ibrahim Mehleb announced in August that the government would draft a law to criminalise attacks on water and electrical facilities.