Egyptian committee running Brotherhood members' frozen assets reorganised under court order

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 11 Sep 2017

A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)

A new court order regulating a committee charged with administering the frozen assets of accused terrorists was published in the official state gazette on Monday, bringing it into force.

According to the order by a Cairo criminal court, the committee is to be headed by the head of the Cairo appeals court, Mohamed Yasser Abo El-Fatuh, who will represent the justice ministry.

The committee also includes representatives of the ministries of interior, finance, social solidarity, and local development, as well as representatives of the Central Bank of Egypt, the National Security Apparatus, and several other entities.

The court order will also give the committee and its decisions judicial immunity against appeals.

The committee was originally formed in 2013 by an administrative decree issued by the prime minister and the justice minister.

Its first head was Ezzat Khamis, a judge and then-first assistant to the justice minister.

As it was not immune from appeal, some of its previous decisions were successfully appealed before the administrative judiciary and overturned. The appeals are currently being heard by the High Administrative Court.

The committee is tasked with assessing and managing the frozen assets of those who have been included on Egypt’s list of terrorists.

Egypt's current terror list contains almost 1,800 names, including top Muslim Brotherhood leaders convicted of violent crimes.

They include ex-president Mohamed Morsi; Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohamed Badie; owner of the Juhayna dairy company, businessman Safwan Thabet; chairman of the Wasat Party Abul Ela Mady; and football player Mohamed Abou-Treika.

In December 2013, the Egyptian government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation. 

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