A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
An Egyptian criminal court has placed 169 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group on the country's terror list.
The defendants are facing charges of conspiring to infiltrate state institutions with the aim of overthrowing the regime by force and spreading chaos in the country.
The court’s decision is based on state security investigations, which revealed that the defendants attempted to revive the group's activities by recruiting new members to its armed wings, spread rumors and provided financial and logistical assistance to the Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist group in 2013.
Under the country’s anti-terrorism law, any person placed on the terror list is subject to a travel ban and having their assets frozen.
Egypt's terror list contains over 1,500 names, including top Brotherhood leaders.
The list includes Egypt’s former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, the group’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie, and the Brotherhood's deputy supreme guide Mahmoud Ezzat, who fled Egypt in 2013.
The list also includes Ibrahim Mounir, the Brotherhood's secretary-general in London, who has been convicted of planning attacks in Egypt from abroad.