Family: PA arrests man for selling 'Morsi perfume'
Published Friday 23/08/2013 (updated) 25/08/2013 14:01
A Palestinian protests during a rally for ousted Egyptian president
Mohamed Morsi, in Gaza City on Aug. 19. (AFP/File Mohammed Abed)
TULKAREM (AFP) -- Palestinian Authority security services have arrested a Hamas member in the West Bank for selling perfume named in honor of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, family members said on Thursday.
Islambuli Badir, 36, was arrested during a raid on his perfume shop in the town of Tulkarem, his brother Abdel Fattah Badir told AFP.
"Men from the security services on Tuesday raided my brother's shop and confiscated all the perfume bottles that were labelled 'Morsi,' then arrested Islambuli and also seized his laptop," said Abdel Fattah.
"The day after the arrest, my younger brother Qassam, 24, put a sign up on the shop door saying: An apology to customers -- our Mohamed Morsi perfume has been seized by the authorities."
Abdel Fattah said his family learned of the raid and arrest from neighbors and witnesses.
"No one... contacted us to inform us of the arrest, my brother's place of detention or the charges against him," he said.
But he added that given the items confiscated, it was presumably because of the name of his Morsi perfume.
Abdel Fattah insisted that the Morsi perfume was simply a business venture that had attracted a lot of customers.