Egyptian court ends Muslim Brotherhood’s party

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

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

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.

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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.