Judicial advisory body recommends dissolution of Egypt's Brotherhood

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 2 Sep 2013

State Commissioners Authority, which advises the government, calls for dissolution of Muslim Brotherhood based on law prohibiting formation of paramilitary groups by non-governmental organisations

Protesters ransack the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Moqattam district in Cairo, Monday, July 1, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Egypt's State Commissioners Authority, a body that advises the government on legal issues, has recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In an announcement on Monday, the Authority also called for the group’s national headquarters in Cairo’s Moqattam to be closed.

The recommendations were made in accordance with Law 84 of 2002, which prohibits non-government organisations and institutions from forming paramilitary groups.

The Authority's recommendations to the government are non-binding.

In March 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood, outlawed since the 1950s, was officially registered as a non-governmental organisation by the Ministry of Social Security.

After the removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July, then minister of social affairs Nagwa Khalil asked whether the Brotherhood’s headquarters had contained weapons and whether there were militias or militant groups linked to the group.

The questions were asked after eight people died on 1 July in clashes at the Brotherhood HQ in Moqattam after dozens of protesters stormed the building.

Several Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and his deputies Khairat El-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi, appeared at a criminal court on 31 July for allegedly inciting the killing of protesters at the group’s HQ.

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