Cairo court cancels supervision on Pharmacists Syndicate

Ahram Online, Sunday 31 Aug 2014

A Cairo appeals court cancels a May ruling to place the Pharmacists Syndicate under judicial supervision on allegations that it is dominated by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood

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Egypt's Pharmacists Syndicate (Photo: Ahram)

Cairo's court of appeals for urgent matters ruled to renege on a May decision to put the Pharmacists' Syndicate under judicial supervision.

Syndicate member Safaa Abdel-Azim Mohamed and the syndicate’s lawyer, Seoudi Ibrahim, filed a case earlier demanding that the judiciary intervene on claims that the Muslim Brotherhood controls the syndicate.

On 31 May, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters had ruled to place the syndicate under supervision. This restricts the board's freedom and its ability to take decisions independently.

However, on Sunday the appeals court cancelled the ruling. It said the members' personal affiliation with the Brotherhood does not legally necessitate putting the syndicate under judicial supervision so long as this did not affect the syndicate's administration and its members' financial rights.

The court also said that the plaintiff did not present information on any alleged financial violations within the syndicate.

Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, thousands of Brotherhood members have been arrested on various charges, including incitement to murder and violence.
The Islamist group was designated a terrorist organisation last December.

In March, the board of the Teachers' Syndicate was dissolved and the syndicate placed under judicial supervision on the pretext that the Muslim Brotherhood dominated the board.

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