World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian court has postponed to October 30 an appeal hearing challenging a recent ruling dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood Society and outlawing Egypt's oldest Islamist group.
Last month, Egypt's Court of 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."
But the Brotherhood's legal committee has challenged the verdict on grounds that the issue is outside the court's jurisdiction.
Committee member Faisal al-Sayed told Anadolu Agency that the court had "no jurisdiction" to dissolve the Brotherhood society.
He argued that only Egypt's administrative court system had the right to examine lawsuits calling for the dissolution of NGOs.
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."
Earlier this month, the Social Solidarity Ministry formally dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood Society, which was officially registered as an NGO under former president Mohamed Morsi.
According to al-Sayed, the plaintiffs are seeking to sideline the Brotherhood after failing to compete with it politically.
He insisted that the Brotherhood Society had neither violated the law nor posed any threat to Egypt's national security.Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 17:55