Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood

Melbourne, Sept. 24 (ANI): An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered the confiscation of its assets, escalating a security crackdown on the group since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi in July.

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has recommended the cabinet to form an independent committee to follow up on the implementation of the ruling that banned all activities by the group, its non-government organisation and any affiliated institutions, News.com.au reports.

The lawsuit was filed by a lawyer, who is a member of the leftist al-Tagammu party, the report added.

The 85-year-old Islamist movement was banned by Egypt's military rulers in 1954.

However, it registered itself as an NGO in March in response to a court case by opponents against its legal status and funding.

The Brotherhood also has a legally registered political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which was set up in June 2011 after the group won parliamentary and presidential elections following Hosni Mubarak removal.

The Administrative Court will hear another case calling for the dissolution of the Brotherhood's NGO next month, the report added. (ANI)

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