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Egypt's interior ministry details sentences for associating with 'terrorist' Brotherhood

Punishments are outlined for members of the Muslim Brotherhood along with anyone associated with the group or joining its demonstrations

MENA, AFP, Thursday 26 Dec 2013
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Anyone who joins Muslim Brotherhood marches will receive a five-year prison sentence, the spokesman of Egypt's Ministry of Interior said Thursday following the government's declaration that the Brotherhood is a "terrorist" organisation, MENA reported.

Those who are proved to be members in the Brotherhood, anyone who promotes the group verbally or in writing, as well as those caught carrying publications or recordings of the group, will also face the same sentence, ministry spokesman Hany Abd El-Fattah added.

Meanwhile, anyone who takes up an administrative position in the group, finances it with money or provides information to the group, will face a hard labour sentence.

In a press statement Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa said the cabinet declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group, making it subject to Article 86 of the Egyptian penal code, which defines terrorism and the penalties for engaging in it.

Eissa said the deadly bombing in the Delta city of Mansoura Tuesday, as well as recent attacks on churches and other violent incidents attributed to members of the group, led to the decision.

Sixteen individuals, mostly security personnel, died when a bomb exploded near Mansoura's Security Directorate. More than 135 were injured.

The government blames the Brotherhood for orchestrating attacks on its buildings and security personnel since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July.

The Brotherhood denied Tuesday involvement in attacks on government buildings and security personnel.

Meanwhile, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist militant group, claimed responsibility for the Mansoura blast.

A leader of the Muslim Brotherhood vowed that the movement would keep up protests after Egypt's government designated it a "terrorist" group Wednesday.

"The protests will continue, certainly," Ibrahim Munir, a member of the group's Executive Council, who is in exile in London, told AFP, adding the government move was "illegitimate."

The Egyptian government has conducted a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in the aftermath of the violent dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in mid-August.

Several thousand members of the Brotherhood have been rounded up by the authorities and its top leaders face trial on charges of inciting murder and espionage among other crimes.

 

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sabr
28-12-2013 06:15am
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coup government
It is normal happen all illegal government in Syria, Israel to accuse their opposition as terrorist. In fact they use the tax people money to terror the people.
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Salim
26-12-2013 07:36pm
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Salim
I am suprise how argent egypt security goverment making decision against brotherhood . If this govt have any suport by public then why dealying fair election?
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Neter
26-12-2013 07:22pm
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In the long term...
In the long term if you wish to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood, you must instigate a fundamental reform of Islam as a religion. It is simply incompatible with modern democracy.Islam demands complete obedience and allegiance. There is little room for compromise.No compromise mean little tolerance and this has I am afraid become the hallmark of Islamism worldwide. Sooner or later you will have to deal with this primal cause (Islam) otherwise the effects (Islamists' of every persuasion) will remain.....
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aboujafar
26-12-2013 04:52pm
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The Salafiya are your REAL problem
Egypt needs to rid itself from the Salafiya, who are the real ones planting bombs--funded by Saudi Arabia.
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Dave
26-12-2013 09:14pm
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Not all of the Salafists
Not all of the Salafists are terrorists; the Nour Party supported the coup.
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Frastrated Egyptian
26-12-2013 04:06pm
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Clean Egypt off them. Get them All. They are a TEROREST
TERORIST TERORIST TERORIST
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