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Egyptian court ends Muslim Brotherhood’s party

A boy holds a Muslim Brotherhood flag during a rally in support of Palestinians in Gaza in Jordan. Picture: Reuters

A boy holds a Muslim Brotherhood flag during a rally in support of Palestinians in Gaza in Jordan. Picture: Reuters

EGYPT’S administrative court yesterday dissolved the political party of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets liquidated.

The decision against the Freedom and Justice Party comes after a recommendation by the court’s advisory panel that noted the party’s leaders had already been accused, and in some cases convicted, of murder and inciting violence.

It added that the police investigation stated the party headquarters and offices were used to store weapons.

The court decision is part of a wider crackdown against the group and its members that landed thousands in jail, including many sentenced to death on charges of inciting violence. The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group late last year, accusing it of orchestrating a wave of violence to destabilise the country following the military coup against President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood member.

The group denies the charges, and has kept up its protests. Morsi himself is in jail facing charges that include conspiring with foreign groups to destabilise Egypt.

 

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