World News

Egypt formally registers Muslim Brotherhood as ‘terror group’


Photo by AFP

Egypt has officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a “terrorist organization” after the declaration was published in the country’s official gazette over the weekend.

On April 14, a Cairo criminal court ruled that the Muslim Brotherhood – along with 215 individuals – should be included on the country’s list of “terrorists” for a three-year period.

“We plan to appeal the decision at a higher court,” Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, the head of the brotherhood’s legal defense team, told Anadolu Agency.

The Egyptian government first designated the brotherhood as terrorist organization in December 2013, six months after Mohamed Morsi – the country’s first democratically elected president and a brotherhood leader – was ousted and imprisoned in a military coup.

The embattled brotherhood rejected the decision at the time, saying it was devoted to strictly peaceful means of protest.

In line with a law issued by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a former army chief who succeeded Morsi as president in February last year, brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 17 other high-ranking group members were included on the list.

Since Morsi’s ouster in mid-2013, Egyptian authorities have launched a crackdown on his supporters and members of the group, killing hundreds and throwing tens of thousands behind bars.

In a statement posted online, brotherhood spokesman Talaat Fahmi reiterated the group’s “rejection” of the terrorist listing.

“The truth cannot be altered by these vicious [court] decisions,” Fahmi said. “The Muslim Brotherhood is struggling for a cause. We reject the use of violence and strive for a peaceful revolution.”

Daily News.

Theinsider Uganda is a news publishing website. We are located at Suite G25 Metroplex Shopping mall, Naalya Kampala Uganda.
Enter ad code here

Copyright © 2016 Theinsider Uganda. Unearthing the truth

To Top