Assem Abdel-Maged Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya leader (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt’s official gazette published on Sunday the names of 164 members of the hard-line Islamist movement Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya who were placed on a terrorism list by a Cairo criminal court on 28 October.
The court placed the group, which waged an armed insurgency in the 1990s but renounced violence more than a decade ago, on a "terrorist entities" list, and placed 164 of its members on the terrorism list for five years.
The list includes the group's leading members Assem Abdel-Maged, Mohamed El-Islambouly and Tarek El-Zomor.
The court also ordered that the funds of those added to the list be seized and managed by a special committee.
"These are judicial precautionary measures that seek to preserve, protect and [serve] the interest of the entire society," said the court.
The court's decision was based on a memo prepared by the High State Security Prosecution that says many leaders and members of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya "renounced their previous initiative to stop violence and declared their adherence to the ideology of the organisation that justifies violent acts," and regard the president as an infidel for failing to abide by Islamic Sharia law, the official gazette said.
Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya was implicated in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat before they renounced violence more than a decade ago.
The group stepped out of the shadow after the 2011 revolution that overthrew longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.
After he came in to office in 2012, Mubarak's successor Mohamed Morsi freed some members of the group who had been jailed during the group’s armed insurrection against the state in the 1990s.
Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood group who was removed from office after a one-year rule, is now serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for involvement in the killing of protesters during demonstrations that culminated in his ouster, and a 25-year jail term over spying for Qatar.
Egyptian authorities banned the Brotherhood in 2013 and declared it a terrorist organisation.