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Hamas welcomes Cairo court verdict annulling terrorist designation verdict

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri says the overturning of "a previous mistake" will strengthen relations between the group and Cairo

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Jun 2015
Sami Abu-Zuhri
Sami Abu-Zuhri, a spokesman for the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas (Photo: Reuters)
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The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has welcomed the overturning of a verdict designating them a terrorist organisation by a Cairo court, saying in a statement released Saturday that the ruling is "a correction of a previous mistake."

The Appeal Court for Urgent Matters said Saturday that the lower court lacked jurisdiction to issue its original verdict.

On 28 February, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters 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.

Hamas has been the de-facto ruler of the Israeli Gaza Strip since 2006 after winning parliamentary elections.

Relations between Cairo and Hamas have soured since the ouster of Hamas's Islamist ally Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Cairo has accused Hamas of supporting militant groups which are waging an insurgency against the government in the Sinai peninsula.

In January, a court declared Hamas’s military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, a terrorist organisation.

In May, Cairo Criminal Court handed preliminary death sentences to a number of Hamas members, mostly in absentia, in the trial known as the Wadi Al-Natroun jailbreak case.

The Hamas members were convicted, along with ousted president Mohamed Morsi, of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder, looting prison weapons depots, and releasing prisoners in 2011.

Hamas, which has repeatedly denied interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs, condemned previous verdicts against its members in Egyptian courts.

On Saturday, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the ruling represents confirmation of Cairo's commitment to its Arab national duty towards the Palestinian issue.

Abu Zuhri predicted that the latest court decision will strengthen the relationship between Hamas and Cairo.

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Farhan
07-06-2015 05:36pm
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Hamas actually protected land from Israeli occupation , Abbas is licking shoes of Israelis still they are building hundreds of Jewish settlements in WestBank
Muslims who hate Hamas, they also hate themself for being a Muslim. Gaza was Egypt's responsibility since 1948 but they failed in protecting Gaza, so now they should leave it to Hamas.
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Allen
07-06-2015 06:30pm
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Spoken like a true Muslim brotherhood lunatic
No wonder your masters are in cages... Your true nature of anger really stems from the fact President Sisi squashed Hamas from supplying explosives to Egypt so the Muslim brotherhood terrorists can continue to kill Egyptians.
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Aladdin, ALex
06-06-2015 05:25pm
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Legal Gaf
the reverse in indictment because of legal reason. It is a political, administrative decision; not the court. It remain the fact that Hamas us a puppet of Iran and threatening our national security. Hamas gang has betrayed PAL and Egypt trust and turned Gaza into ruins. Criminal Hamas has no legal status in Gaza other than controlling 1.5 million PALS refugees.
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Farhan
07-06-2015 05:32pm
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Gaza was Egypt's responsibility but they left them under Israeli occupation in 1973.
You can not blame Hamas for picking up weapons against Nazi invaders.
M omsri
06-06-2015 08:20pm
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If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck
I reckon it could be a duck
Allen
06-06-2015 08:12pm
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Agreed Iman
Expect back lash and fake votes from the Muslim brotherhoods Farhan. We ignore him while exposing him. Hamas is their life line to the Muslim brotherhood terrorists, to supply explosives to kill Egyptians. A life line that has been decapitated by Egypt's army thanks to their leader President Sisi. With the brotherhood decimated Egypt is now in peace. Hope and wish the same for you Palestinians.
Iman
06-06-2015 07:24pm
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Other than Israel, and USA, Hamas greatest enemy of ordinary Palestinians!
Strong Egypt is only hope for Palestinian liberation!
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