Egyptian groups hail court ruling banning Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood has denounced the court ruling banning the group 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."

Egyptian groups hail court ruling banning Brotherhood

World Bulletin/News Desk

A court verdict dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood Society and banning all the group's activities has won praise from political groups and figures across Egypt.

The verdict is a "culmination of the popular rejection of the group," Karima al-Hefnawi, Secretary-General of the Egyptian Socialist Party, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

She said the Egyptian people have "slapped a death penalty against the group since Egyptians took to the streets on June 30 against the Brotherhood rule".

Fouad Badrawi, Secretary-General of the liberal Wafd Party, said the verdict goes "in tandem with the law".

The Brotherhood Society "has gone astray from dawah, the main goal for which the group was established".

Popular Current spokeswoman Heba Yassin said the court ruling should be followed by efforts to dry out sources of terrorism and extremist ideologies inside the society.

"This should be coupled with efforts to dry out the financial sources that help this ideology to spread in the society".

Former lawmaker Abul Ezz al-Hariri opines that the Muslim Brotherhood has "deserved this fate".

"The Brotherhood has violated all principles of civil society work and granted itself powers to establish a financial empire that undermines Egypt's national security," he said.

Hariri said that there were no political motives behind the verdict to dissolve the Brotherhood Society.

Victory

Leftist leader Refaat al-Saeed described the court verdict as a "victory" for the June 30 revolution.

He argued that the Brotherhood "has harmed the country and recruited militias to fight police and army troops".

"Therefore, it was a must to dissolve the group in order to cut the hand that seeks to destroy and burn the country," said al-Saeed, a leader of the Tagamaa party.

Former Brotherhood member Tharwat al-Kharabawi said the verdict "was the first of its kind" to ban the group.

"The Brotherhood will no longer have a presence after this verdict," he said.

Former Brotherhood leader Kamal al-Helbawi also opined that the verdict was in tandem with law no. 84 governing the NGO work.

"The Brotherhood Society had involved itself in political affairs and committed acts of violence, practices seen by the court as a violation of the law on NGO work".

The April 6 movement (Democratic Front) described the court ruling as "too late".

"The verdict should have been issued months and years earlier in order to avoid bloodshed in the Egyptian street," said Mohamed Bassiouni, a member of the group's executive bureau.

He went on to say that his group has called, since ousted President Mohamed Morsi was still in power, for "registering the group in line with laws organizing NGO work and preventing the mix of politics and NGO work".

The Muslim Brotherhood has denounced the court ruling 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."

 

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