Egyptian court upholds Muslim Brotherhood ban

CAIRO Wed Nov 6, 2013 1:23pm EST

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and Interior Ministry, while gesturing with four fingers, during a protest in front of riot policemen outside Egyptian High Court in Cairo November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and Interior Ministry, while gesturing with four fingers, during a protest in front of riot policemen outside Egyptian High Court in Cairo November 4, 2013.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood failed in an attempt on Wednesday to overturn a court ruling banning it, the state news agency said, another blow to the debilitated Islamist movement.

A court in September had outlawed the Brotherhood after the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi in July following mass protests against his rule.

The case against his Brotherhood was brought by a lawyer from the leftist Tagammu party, which cited the need to protect Egyptians from violence.

It accompanied a campaign by security forces to crush the movement in which hundreds of its members have been killed, thousands arrested, and its leaders, including Mursi, put on trial.

Wednesday's decision was another political blow to the group as it would compromise its participation in any new elections.

"In its scheduled session today, the Cairo Urgent Cases court dismissed an appeal raised by the Muslim Brotherhood to stop the execution of the previous order banning the activities of the group," state news agency MENA reported.

Defense lawyer Faisal el-Sayyed, a Brotherhood member, said he would appeal the ruling.

"We will appeal again and again until we banish this law," he told Reuters.

"Unfortunately we are working in a time when there is little respect for the law. But we still have a hint of hope in the law and that we can overcome this legally."

Since Mursi's overthrow, state media has lionized the military and police for the crackdown and his supporters frequently protest in the streets.

The military-installed government has promised new elections next year which foreign governments say must include all political factions to mark a credible return to democracy.

The court ruling indicated the Brotherhood was likely to be excluded.

The Brotherhood has also refused to take part in the transition, saying it would legitimize what they consider a coup. The army says it was responding to the will of the people.

Mursi, Egypt's first freely elected president, faces charges of inciting violence. His trial began on Monday and was adjourned by a judge to early January.

Political analyst Omar Ashour said the ban was an "eradication policy".

"This is just about making sure that the (Muslim) Brothers don't get a significant percentage in any institutions like the parliament," he told Reuters.

"But it's a return to the days of (deposed president) Hosni Mubarak where the Brothers would run as independents and probably face reprisals against them, but continue to challenge them."

Ashour said a legal ban on the organization would make it easier for the government to target members who may plan to run as independents in the upcoming elections.

The Brotherhood had won every national election since Mubarak was toppled in a 2011 uprising. They won a fifth of seats in parliamentary elections in 2005 when they ran as independents.

(Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Angus MacSwan)

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Comments (4)
BanglaFirst wrote:
The Courts are controlled by devil Al Sisi and his civilian goons. If all peaceful avenues are shut then force is allowed to be applied so I guess civil War is coming to Egypt in a massive way! I guess it is the best solution because this way all evil forces that took root in Egypt under Anwar Sadat, Mubarak and evil Sisi can be cleansed from all State Apparatus for good then Egypt can be a spring board of people power to get rid of the desert tyrants in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE,Kuwait and Jordan

Nov 06, 2013 7:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:
You can’t have any religion, much less a religion that represses freedom and murders people in the name of their god, taking over and controlling an entire country.

Nov 06, 2013 10:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
peacebird wrote:
Banglafirst’s comment tells us that when a group that proved scheming and untrustworthy of the trust the Egyptian people has given it, turns into “we will destroy Egypt and its national security and its 90 million people” so we can be proven right is wacky and evil at best.

The Egyptian people who rose on Jan 25th 2011 and on June 30, 2013 reiterated what the revolution started for: Freedom, Justice and Economic Improvement. None of them revolted because they felt Islam is getting defeated in the land of the infidel. The MB and its operatives tried to turn this into an Islamic (sham) cause so the drooling masses that the MB believe exist would support them no matter what.

Turns out the Egyptian people are much smarter than that and the Egyptian Army did what is expected of it in an environment where there is not impeachment process.

If BanglaFirst is interested in a civil war, he should study Egypt’s 7000 years history and tell us how often have the Egyptians gotten involved in a civil war. And would this war be between what sides? It’s only the bloodthirsty anarchists who just want to destroy rather than build.

We want people who would bear in mind and action 1) the integrity of the Egyptian state and protect its borders against all dangers, 2) the integrity of a great nation with all its believers regardless of their religious beliefs and coexist in a civil nation that respects the rights of its citizens and provides a framework for everyone to thrive and feel that their rights are protected. 3) respect for human life and dignity of each individual: man woman and child.

The use of religion as a fascade for conning mass populations is evil and continues to fool the downtrodden but thank Goodness for the intelligence of the Egyptian people over the ages proved they are smart enough to realize their errors, learn from their mistakes and build a civil society state where the focus is on equal rights, respect of others and the law and economic prosperity.

These are aspects that the majority of Egyptians enjoyed during Mubarak’s rule and what Egyptians rose up against 1) corruption, 2) the idea of handing over power to Mubarak’s son and 3) the violence of the security apparatus. All of these items still exist and all administrations should work hard to make improvements in all these areas.

But none of that should cause any berserk political group say a civil war is the only way to ‘cleanse’ and how can you cleanse when you have proven yourself to be evil, criminal and deceitful.

A civil Egypt will rise and prosper. All religion sham artists should find another location for their hell on earth. They have created one in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and many other locations. Stay away from Egypt.

We call on the current administration to respect laws, avoid violence, respect the dignity of all Egyptians, protect lives and achieve what the revolution asked for: Freedom, Justice and Economic Improvement.
And to all spread peace and unity, don’t destroy lives, property or the unity of Egypt.

Nov 06, 2013 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
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