Muslim Brotherhood banned by court ruling

A Cairo Administrative Court ruling has officially banned the Muslim Brotherhood, reported the state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) on Monday.

All Brotherhood activities, subsidiary organizations and any organizations funded by the Brotherhood are now illegal under the ruling, dealing a crippling blow to the Islamist organization’s community services and grassroots support system. The Brotherhood’s liquid, moveable and real estate assets will also be seized by the state.

An independent committee from the Cabinet would be formed to oversee the funds until any appeals against the ruling are heard by the court.

After operating illegally for most of its 85-year history, the Brotherhood became politically prominent after former President Hosni Mubarak’s fall from power in February 2011, and gained legal NGO status on March 19, 2012.

Last month, media adviser to the Cabinet Sherif Shawky said Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed al-Boraie were looking into dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood within a legal framework.

Beblawi had made the proposal to Borai, and both were studying the legal steps to disband the group.

Earlier this month, the Commissioner Authority of the State Council recommended that the Muslim Brotherhood be disbanded and its headquarters closed.

In its report, the authority asked the court to liquidate the MB’s premises according to Articles 44 and 45 of Law 84/2002 dealing with NGOs, the German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported. 

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