World Bulletin/News Desk
Around 600 offices affiliated with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood could be closed and confiscated after a Cairo court on Monday ordered the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Society and the banning of all the group's activities.
The offices to be closed include three main buildings: the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo's Moqattam district, the headquarters of the group's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in downtown Cairo, and an administrative building in southern Cairo's Manyal district, Brotherhood sources said.
The FJP has 27 offices across Egypt, while the Brotherhood has nearly 540 offices in towns, districts and villages nationwide.
According to the sources, the offices are not directly owned by the Brotherhood, which has no legal status, but are owned by senior group members.
On Monday, Egypt's Court for Urgent Matters ordered "the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Society, the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood group and all affiliated bodies, and the confiscation of all its offices and funds."
The Muslim Brotherhood, for its part, has said it would appeal the verdict, which it described as "invalid" on grounds that the court that issued it "has no jurisdiction to deal with such cases, which should be heard by the administrative court."
The Muslim Brotherhood Society was registered as an NGO in March, with former Brotherhood supreme leader Mahdi Akef as chairman. Akef is currently in jail on charges of "inciting violence."
Hundreds of leading figures from both the Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party have been detained on different charges, mostly of "inciting violence," since the July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi by Egypt's powerful military establishment.Last Mod: 24 Eylül 2013, 16:03