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Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood and its NGO banned by a court in Cairo, leaving Islamist group with no legal status

El-Sayed Gamalelddine , Monday 23 Sep 2013
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File photo: Protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Moqattam district in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013 (Photo: AP)

A court in Cairo has banned "all activities" by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The ruling on Monday applies to the group, its NGO and "any organisation derived from it," judges said.

The court also ordered the interim government to seize the group's funds and establish a panel to administer its frozen assets until any appeal had been heard.

A Brotherhood source told Ahram Online the verdict would be appealed within ten days. 

The Islamist group existed outside of Egyptian law for decades and was only officially registered as an NGO in March 2013.

The lawsuit was filed by the leftist Tagammu Party.

Monday’s verdict is not the only challenge to the 85-year-old Islamist group's existence.

On 2 September, Egypt's State Commissioners Authority, a body that advises the government on legal issues, recommended the Brotherhood's dissolution after claims circulated of its links to armed militias.

The authority’s recommendations - which are non-binding - were made in accordance with Law 84 of 2002, which prohibits non-government organisations and institutions from forming paramilitary groups.

Egyptian authorities launched a crackdown against the group following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi — who hails from the group — by the military on 3 July following mass protests against him and the group.

The group's supreme guide, Mohamed Badie, and most of its high and mid-level leaders have been detained and face charges including incitement of violence against their opponents.

On 17 September, Egyptian prosecutors froze the assets of several senior Brotherhood leaders and other prominent Islamists as part of investigations into the incitement of violence at protests.

Mohamed Badie, deputy supreme guide Khairat El-Shater, secretary general Ezzat Ibrahim and senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy are among dozens of prominent Islamists targeted by authorities. 

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Sam Enslow
24-09-2013 04:09pm
Limit Freedom of One and You Limit Yours
I have no use for The Brothers or for religion in politics; however, I am concerned about this court ruling. If The Brotherhood and/or individual members have broken the law, arrest them, charge them, fine them, take their money. But there are big dangers in banning them. Limit another's freedom and you place yours in danger. In the US, there is an organization called the ACLU. They watch and start court cases with the sole purpose of protecting the constitutional rights of all. Jewish ACLU lawyers defended the righ of Nazis to march in Skokie, Il. They were not supporting the Nazis. They were supporting the rights of Nazis granted under The Constitution. They have defended during our civil rights struggles the rights of Blacks to sit anywhere on a bus while, at the same time, they defended the right of the racist KKK to burn crosses. They were defending rights - not causes. Rights must be defended and extended to all. The free marketplace of ideas must be allowed to work. Remember Lincoln's, "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." The Islamist politicians can be refuted by using Islam against them. Do not be silent. Do not be silent. Silence notes approval.
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24-09-2013 01:03am
its about time!
It is about time, finally Egypt has a government & people who are showing some real intelligence. The mb took the power they had & all but destroyed Egypt with their year of rule. They still will not accept the blame for what they did or what they caused. They show no love for their country, the only thing they are concerned with is promoting & causing violence against anyone who disagrees with them or their so called "ideals" & religion. All they have shown Egypt & the rest of the world is their love of violence & bloodshed while they blame it on everyone but themselves. They have even turned most of the population against them. They have given a whole religion a bad name & a bad reputation. This ruling should have been made a lot sooner & saved the country a lot of hardship & bloodshed.
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abu aziz
23-09-2013 11:03pm
Shame Shame
This ruling is, no doubt drafted by Israel,US, and the Saudis, who are deadly against democracy rule in Egypt. Who are now happy to see the dictatorial regime back. But shame on those who could not wait, and were impatient, and fell in the trap of the military propaganda. This ruling is not from an unbiased judicial system. Any how shame on you the court and military puppet judges.
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Egyptian abroad
23-09-2013 09:51pm
The Kenya mall attackers are generated from a religion based political group
Egypt and Egyptians. do not want to go this path. No religions based politics . MB failed politics through the whole year the governed Egypt. And still trying to ruin the rest of it through their unresponsible demonstrations. Egypt do not want you guys. Please leave us alon. If you decided to live in Egypt you should help rebuilding what did you ruined.
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23-09-2013 09:22pm
who is responsible this decision ? those has been use against democracy by albaradie ...this decision not make any good thing. become more and more wors . how can kill 50judgs so many people opinions
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Egyptian abroad
23-09-2013 05:56pm
To much to late
After one year under the bad control of MB and total econmy distruction to Egypt followed by childish sitting in the streets and blocking any progress under the name of religions, MB party should of have been dissolved long time a go and every and I mean every MB leader that partispated in incitement of violence that led to Egypt and Egypians deterioration should be punished very hard for their unaccepted acts
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23-09-2013 05:48pm
Change Your Attiute
If Dont like to any think change your attitude ,for 80 years Brotherhood was ban,But They won all democratical Election ,Dont Ban your own Brothers for UAE,Saudi Money
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23-09-2013 09:41pm
Brotherhood did not win democratically they stole the Jan 25 Revolution
Mobarak one democratically for 30 years what makes you believe Morsi one democratically? Also, democracy is not limited to the ballot box. Did you not see the real democracy of millions across Egypt demanding the removal of Morsi?

Hanna Maksoud
23-09-2013 04:47pm
the MB ideology will get stronger
This shows the silly thinking of the fascist junta in Egypt. How can you outlaw an idea? Abdul Nasser tried it and failed. I am sure the NB will grow in popularity. Fascism will be defeated eventually.
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23-09-2013 09:57pm
Hanna, what are you smoking ??
With all due respect, the MB had a chance to "sell" their ideology to all Egyptians and the world. For 2 years they ruled all aspect of Egyptian life and made all kinds of promises. THEY FAILED TO DELIVER ON ANY! That is why they were pushed out of office and government. to say that their "ideology" will get stronger is frankly nonesense. Please wake up, look the future of your country and those that you love, and start working for the betterment of all. Hatred and destruction will serve no puropse and Allah will not consider you a martyr, but a failure like the MB.

Judith Harel
23-09-2013 03:48pm
An impossible battle to win through the courts
The Moslem Brotherhood is an 85 years old ideological movement. Despite of the grave mistakes and alleged crimes committed by its leadership during the former president's rule, and the illegal activities allegedly carried out by some its members and affiliated groups -this movement has a solid popular basis in the country. Its ideology is supported by many Egyptian who may be right now a minority in the society but a very big one. The battle with the Moslem Brotherhood is ideological, it is a battle for the soul and identity of Egypt and I am afraid that this crucial battle cannot be fought and won in the courts. History has repeatedly taught us that ideological movements cannot be effectively banned and outlawed as their ideas will continue to exist and even thrive in the minds and hearts of their followers and supporters. Therefore, an effective battle against them must be fought out in the open, in the socio-political arena. Their ideology must be countered by an alternative paradigm that can win the heart and minds of the people and mobilize them en mass to support a different, opposing ideology. Unfortunately, legally banning such an organization will undoubtedly be countered by resistance of its supporters, a resistance which might turn violent and thus necessitate policing and repression and increasing use of various security forces. Such possible developments pose grave danger not only to the noble objectives of the 25 January 2011 revolution , which were calling for freedom, liberty, social justice and utmost respect for human dignity but also to the cohesion the Egyptian society.
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23-09-2013 03:44pm
Had to be: first things first!
A court ban on "all activities" by the Muslim Brotherhood (the group, its NGO and "any organization derived from it" had to come. What's more important, that Egypt not turns into an insolvency country with bread revolutions because of the steady long negative impact of MB etc - or "freedom of demonstration"? Though the latter certainly is a very essential right, nevertheless continuous abuse with all its consequences makes such a ban not an option, but a must. First one has to think and feel about one's own country. The rest only comes next.
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