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The Muslim Brotherhood has slammed a Monday court verdict dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood society and ordering the confiscation of its assets, calling the decision "invalid".
"This verdict was issued by a court with no jurisdiction to deal with such cases," a source from the Brotherhood's legal committee told Anadolu Agency.
"This ruling is a violation against [Egypt's] administrative court, which is responsible for hearing such cases," the source said.
Earlier 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."
Mahmoud Abdullah, a lawyer affiliated with the leftist Tagammu Party, filed a lawsuit to demand the society be dissolved on the grounds that it was established "in violation of the law." He also demanded the seizure of all of the society's funds and properties.
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."
The society's administration does not include all the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood or its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
According to the Brotherhood source, Monday's court verdict is part of a campaign to eradicate the Brotherhood from Egyptian political life.
"What happened is a setback," the source said. "Everyone was talking about the need to legalize the Muslim Brotherhood's status, but after the group established the society, this invalid verdict followed."
The Brotherhood has 15 days in which it can appeal the verdict, judicial sources said.
No Brotherhood lawyers attended Monday's court session, which was marked by a heavy security presence.
Hundreds of leading Brotherhood and FJP figures 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: 23 Eylül 2013, 18:05