Egypt court bans all Muslim Brotherhood activities

CAIRO Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:23am EDT

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi holds onto barbed wire as he shouts slogans against the military and interior ministry near El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi holds onto barbed wire as he shouts slogans against the military and interior ministry near El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo September 20, 2013.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group's funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

"The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it," said the presiding judge Mohammed al-Sayed.

The court ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood's funds and administer its frozen assets.

The army-backed government is waging the toughest crackdown in decades on the Islamist group, which says it has a million members. Security forces killed hundreds of its supporters and rounded up thousands more since Mursi was deposed by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.

The Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.

Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's toppling of Mursi triggered a political crisis in the Arab world's most populous state, with the Brotherhood insisting that a military coup robbed them of power.

The court decision is likely to drive more Brotherhood members underground and it may encourage young Islamists to take up arms against the state.

(Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; Writing by Michael Georgy; editing by Mike Collett-White)

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Comments (45)
Chechnyarocks wrote:
“The Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections”. I’m no expert on Democracy, but if the people voted them in, then they have the right to be part of the system; that’s how democrat works. Imagine if the current US administration decided to outlaw the Tea Party?

Sep 23, 2013 9:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BurbankBurner wrote:
We are thankful to the Egyptian military for getting rid of the jihadi terrorists in the muslim brotherhood. Since the little barry hussein regime still has no clue what it is doing in ALL foreign policy matters, the Egyptians have moved on their own without our help. And given our newly enshrined status as laughing stock of the Middle East, at least one country knows that to survive they need to ignore, and have ignored, any advice coming out of our moronic SOS.

Sep 23, 2013 9:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
more bad news for barry and his ‘arab spring”s”. Tell him before we send more weapons to the ‘rebels’ in Syria!

Sep 23, 2013 9:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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