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Arab League has not recieved 'official' notice from Egypt on Brotherhood

Egypt's FM informed Arab League Secretary-General Elaraby of the decision to designate the Brotherhood a terrorist group, but the league was not asked officially to notify member-states

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Dec 2013
Nabil al-Arabi
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi (Photo: AP)
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Egypt has not yet asked the Arab League officially to notify its member-states of its decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, said Nabil Elaraby, the league’s secretary-general, on Sunday.

In a press conference at the league's headquarters in Cairo, however, Elaraby said that he was informed by Egypt’s minister of foreign affairs about the government decision concerning the Brotherhood.

On Wednesday, Egypt's interim government officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, a terrorist group.

That makes the group subject to Article 86 of the Egyptian penal code, which defines terrorism and the penalties for engaging in it.

"Egypt hasn't issued a law that classifies the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group yet," Elaraby said, referring to activating the Arab anti-terrorism agreement (1998) and the Arab anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing convention (2013) signed by 17 countries.

The secretary-general explained that it remains up to each country to decide whether and how it is going to deal with Egypt’s decision “according to its political stance.”

A number of Arab countries including Qatar, Libya, Tunisia, Kuwait and Jordan announced that the Egyptian classification of the Brotherhood is a domestic affair.

Egypt's decision came a day after a deadly bombing in the Delta city of Mansoura that left 16 dead.

Even though the prosecutors are still investigating the Mansoura bombing, the government holds the Brotherhood accountable for the incident and other attacks since the ouster of Morsi on 3 July.

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