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Egyptian court rules Hamas a terrorist organisation

The relationship between Egypt and Hamas, the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip, has been tense since the ouster of Morsi in 2013

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Feb 2015
Khaled Meshaal
File Photo: Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal speaks in Doha, July 23, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Saturday ruled Hamas a terrorist organisation, a month after the group's military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, was also designated a terror group by the same court.

The verdict resulted from two separate private suits filed by Samir Sabry and Ashraf Said, both lawyers, against the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip.

The relationship between Egypt's authorities and the Islamist group has soured since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian sister organisation.

Egypt's cabinet declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013, and the authorities have since charged many Brotherhood members with offences including support for terrorism. 

Egypt has accused Hamas of meddling into its internal affairs and supporting Islamist insurgents in Sinai, accusations that the group has repeatedly denied.

Cairo has kept the Rafah crossing to the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip closed for extended periods since Morsi's ouster.

The court's reasoning on Saturday for designating Hamas a terrorist organisation mirrored its January Al-Qassam ruling.

In January, the court said that Al-Qassam's and Hamas' "support and financing of terrorist attacks in Egypt show that  they have swayed from their original cause of fighting the Israeli occupation."

In recent months, the Egyptian government has been strengthening penalties for acts of terrorism in its penal code.

Last week, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has also signed a sweeping new anti-terrorism legislation to counter "Terrorist Entities".

It is not yet clear how these court decisions would affect Egyptian traditional efforts to mediate peace talks or cease fires between Gaza leaders and their Israeli counterparts.

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Sd
01-03-2015 06:09am
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Shame
Court of Egypt havey weapone of isreal public must ome out against court not mubark and other
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Husni Mubarak
01-03-2015 12:15am
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very unpopular decision? Has Israel infiltrated the Egyptian justice system?
This is a very unpopoular decision. Hamas enjoys the supportand sympathy of tens of millions. I think Sissi will be harmed by the decision.
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Charles Misfeldt
28-02-2015 08:51pm
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Bologna
How many American tax dollars and how much American political pressure went into Egypt's decision?
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democracia
28-02-2015 06:32pm
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Finally...
Finally! Well done!!!Read the Charta of Hamas and you know everything...
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democracia
08-03-2015 01:17pm
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Dear Misr/Falestine Alliance
Is there written in LIKUD Charta that you shall kill every Palaestinian wherever you meet him?
Misr/Falestine Alliance
01-03-2015 03:58pm
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Read it
Read the charter of Likud.
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Khofoo, Red Sea
28-02-2015 04:54pm
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Military COurt Too
we need verdict from the military court to go for Hamas leaders hunt and kill to save life of our people. Wakeup people our enmities are at the door!
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Tahya Misr
28-02-2015 07:45pm
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All Paloestinian o0rghamizations are terrorist. Long live Israel. Long live Sissi.
I think Egypt should allie itself with Israel. Yesa, Jews view us Egyptians as dogs, but there is nothing wrong with being dogs serving the chosen people.
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Aladdin, Alex
28-02-2015 04:50pm
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Iran's Poppet
Terrorist Hamas group is behind Sinai troubles. Gaza must be disarmed and ruled by military to secure our eastern gateway as dine by King Tohotmos. Tahya Misr.
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Ali Sabri
28-02-2015 08:01pm
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Alladin, do you work for the Mossad? How much do they pay you?
Anyone opposed to Hamas is a friend and ally with Israel which killed 50,000 Egyptian soldiers.
Saaddin Shadli
28-02-2015 07:59pm
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Are Egyptians so stupid to believe the liesa of their5 coup mongers?
There is a bsolutely no evidence proving that Hamas is involved in violence against the terrorist regime in Cairo. However, there is ample evidence proving that Sissi is an Israeli agent.
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leila
28-02-2015 02:27pm
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Unbelievable!!!!
How can this be happening? What a shame!!!
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Yahya
28-02-2015 07:51pm
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The decision reflects Egypt's failure to defeat the Ikhwan
Hamas is Israel's arcfoe enemy. Now both Israel and the Sissi regime consider Hamas a terrorist group.
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28-02-2015 04:33pm
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Unbelievable is right
It's unbelievable that Hamas has decided to finance and help terrorists attack the country that has done more for tha palastinian cause than all other nations combined. Hamas has gone from a legitimate resistance group fighting the Isreali occupation to puppets of the ikhwan and in doing so has alienated palastines biggest supporter. Egypt will continue to support Palestine and palastinians working with the legitimate palastinian authority. Pathetic shame
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