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Egypt Brotherhood dissolution case adjourned to 1 Sept
Court adjourns case demanding dissolution of the 84-year-old Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)
Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jun 2012
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Egyptian Muslim brotherhood Shura council members gather outside the new Muslim brotherhood headquarters in Cairo, April, 2011 (Photo: AP/Khalil Hamra)

Cairo’s High Administrative Court has adjourned until 1 September a lawsuit calling for the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The court also adjourned until 4 September a separate lawsuit looking into whether the Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, will be dissolved on the grounds of violating laws that ban the formation of political parties on a religious basis.

The lawyer who brought the case against the Brotherhood to court, Shehata Mohamed Shehata, claims the country's largest Islamist group has illegally engaged in both political activities and the provision of social services since the 1930's despite being an officially banned political organisation since 1954.

Shehata says the Brotherhood has failed to abide by a 2002 law governing the functions of non-governmental organisations, which forbids such groups operating as religious-based political parties.  The penalty for failing to abide by the law, claims Shehata, is dissolution of the group.

The move is a further challenge to the Brotherhood after Thursday's decision by the High Constitutional Court to dissolve the People's Assembly, which was largely dominated by the group's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, because the parliamentary election law which regulated the legislative poll was deemed unconstitutional.

Moreover, an addendum to the constitutional declaration was also issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) limiting the authorities of the coming president, which is expected to be the Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Morsi. According to unofficial election results Morsi received  51.89 per cent of the vote. Official results are expected on Thursday.

Shehata is also calling for the closure of the group's headquarters and the freezing of its bank accounts.

Shehata Mohamed Shehata is a lawyer and head of the Egyptian Centre for Integrity and Transparency. He was involved in the case that led to the dissolution of the first consituent assembly in April 2012.





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Luiz
19-06-2012 04:01pm
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An absurd perspective
If you dissolve the MB and disband the FJP after everything that has taken place in Egypt in the last 18 months, if people in this country do not realize the MB must be integrated in the political process in an irreversible way (without such ridiculous judicial threats), there may be civil strife in this country. I already knew (by living in Egypt) that many secularists in this country are not democratic at all and live in denial about Egypt's social reality, but now I believe they really must be saved from themselves.
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Jeffery
19-06-2012 01:35pm
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The enemies of democracy, not the Ikhwa, need to be eradicated.
the forces that need to be dissoloved and eradicated are the anti-democratic forces that seek the perpetuation of tyranny and dictatorshp.
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