World Bulletin/News Desk
Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are resorting to legal channels in hopes of ratcheting up pressure on Egypt's military-backed authorities.
According to lawyers for the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, pro-democracy activists have filed 16 lawsuits with Egyptian courts to demand Morsi's reinstatement on grounds that his ouster this summer lacked constitutionality.
On July 3, Morsi was removed from office by the country's powerful military establishment following massive and well-coordinated demonstrations against his presidency.
Morsi supporters, for their part, decry the move as a military coup against Egypt's first democratically elected head of state.
In their legal complaints, activists called for reversing the coup and annulling the political "roadmap" for Egypt's post-Morsi transition, unveiled by the military following Morsi's ouster.
They also lodged four complaints calling for the abrogation of a recent court ruling dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood NGO, ordering the confiscation of the group's assets and banning all its activities.
The lawyers described the verdict – issued by Egypt's Court of Urgent Matters – as "invalid," arguing that the court "has no jurisdiction to deal with such cases, which should be settled by the administrative court."
They also asserted that the court ruling failed to conform to the original legal complaint filed by Mahmoud Abdullah, a lawyer affiliated with the leftist Tagammu Party, which only called for the seizure of the group's funds.
Along with the 20 above-mentioned lawsuits, Brotherhood activists also lodged 47 legal appeals for the release of scores of Brotherhood leaders and members arrested in the wake of the August 14 dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins that left hundreds of demonstrators dead and injured.
They also initiated 60 complaints against Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi – widely perceived as the architect of the July 3 coup – and the leaders of political parties and groups that supported Morsi's ouster, holding them responsible for the unprecedented political violence that followed.Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 09:30