World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian court on Saturday rejected an appeal by the Muslim Brotherhood against an earlier court ruling banning the activities of the movement and freezing its assets and affiliated agencies, a judicial source said.
The Court for Urgent Matters rejected the appeal because the Muslim Brotherhood failed to abide by a 15-day appeal deadline, the source told Anadolu Agency.
Egyptian laws make it necessary for appeals to be presented either within 15 days from issuing court rulings or from an earlier appeal.
In September, the Court for Urgent Matters ordered the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Society, the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood and all affiliated bodies, and the confiscation of all the group's offices and funds.
The judicial source said Saturday's ruling can be appealed at the administrative court.
The Muslim Brotherhood can also launch new legal proceedings against the ruling at the Court for Urgent Matters, the source added.
The Egyptian government designated the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, a terrorist group in late December.
The military-backed authorities have launched a massive crackdown on the Brotherhood following Morsi's ouster by the military on July 3.
Thousands of the Brotherhood's leaders and members have since been arrested on incitement-to-violence charges.Last Mod: 01 Şubat 2014, 14:36