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Egypt's Brotherhood challenges court verdict that seized group funds

Muslim Brotherhood appeals seizing of group funds and establishing of a panel to administer frozen assets

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Oct 2013
The Muslim Brotherhood headquarters
The Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AP)
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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood appealed on Monday a court verdict ordering the seizing of the group’s funds by the interim government.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the group’s legal representative Othman El-Khateeb with the administrative court, also challenges the establishment of a panel to administer its frozen assets until an appeal has been heard on the ruling.

The verdict, issued on 23 September by a Cairo court for urgent matters, banned the Muslim Brotherhood and its NGO, leaving the Islamist group with no legal status.

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

The group has criticised the verdict, saying it was issued by “an incompetent court,” and should have been dealt with by the administrative court.

The official appeal is against both Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi and Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed El-Borai.

On 24 September, El-Borai said the interim-government postponed dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood until all litigation measures against members of the group are finalised.

Egyptian authorities launched a crackdown against the Brotherhood following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi - who hails from the group - on 3 July.

The group's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat El-Shater, and senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy are among hundreds of Brotherhood members and leaders who have been detained and face charges including incitement of violence against their opponents.

Egyptian prosecutors froze the assets of several senior Brotherhood leaders and other prominent Islamists in July as part of ongoing investigations into charges of incitement of violence at protests.

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