Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood's political wing
There has been a violent crackdown on the Brotherhood and the FJP since last August
A court in Egypt has dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing.
The ruling will effectively prevent the banned Islamist
movement from formally participating in parliamentary elections expected
later this year.
The government declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group in December.
It was accused of orchestrating a wave of violence to
destabilise the country after the military overthrew President Mohammed
Morsi in July 2013.
The Brotherhood has denied any connection to the jihadist
militants based in the Sinai Peninsula who have killed hundreds of
At the same time, more than 1,400 people have been killed and
16,000 detained in a crackdown by the authorities on Mr Morsi's
President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, a former military chief who was elected head of state in May, has vowed to wipe out the group.
Analysis: Sally Nabil, BBC Arabic, Cairo
Dissolving the Freedom and justice Party (FJP) was expected.
The political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement can no
longer compete in the next parliamentary elections, expected to be held
before the end of this year.
Its members can run either as individual candidates or form a
new political party. But the latter is highly unlikely, given the
severity of the crackdown on the Brotherhood.
The FJP's legal team strongly criticised Saturday's verdict,
saying that it is politicised and is meant to serve the goals of the
current regime. There was no longer a place for pluralism in Egypt, it
said. According to the new constitution, no party can be formed on a
Saturday's ruling by the Cairo Administrative Court came after
a report by its advisory panel that noted the FJP's leaders had been
accused, and in some cases convicted, of murder and inciting violence.
A police investigation found the party's headquarters and offices had been used to store weapons, it said.
Mohammed Morsi, a former chairman of the FJP, is facing four separate criminal trials on various charges
The court ordered that the FJP's assets be handed to the state.
The case was prompted by a complaint by the government's
Committee of Political Parties Affairs, which accused the FJP of
The FJP was founded in 2011 following the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power.
It went on to dominate the subsequent elections for the lower
and upper houses of parliament - Egypt's first democratic polls in six
But in June 2012 the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) ruled
that the vote for the lower house, the People's Assembly, had been
unconstitutional and it was dissolved.
The upper house, the Shura Council, was dissolved by the SCC
shortly after Mr Morsi was ousted in July 2013, and ceased to exist
after the constitution was amended in January.
Mr Morsi, a former FJP chairman, is currently facing four
separate criminal trials on various charges. Several other Brotherhood
leaders, as well as hundreds of members, have been sentenced to death.
Opposition protesters in Egypt have clashed with members of the governing Muslim Brotherhood in several towns, leaving scores of people injured.
In Cairo, the protesters ransacked one Brotherhood office, while in Mahalla in the Nile Delta the Islamist movement's headquarters was set on fire.
Riot police fired tear gas as the two sides pelted each other with stones.
Egypt has been rocked by violent protests this year, which have left dozens dead and many more injured.
On Friday, several thousand activists supporters marched to Cairo's Mokattam area to face Brotherhood supporters and police guarding the movement's headquarters.
Clashes erupted soon afterwards, and the riot police had to use tear gas to keep the two sides apart.
Two buses owned by the Islamists were reportedly set on fire.
"We came to the stronghold of the Brotherhood. No more protests in front of the presidential palace because those ruling Egypt are here,'' protester Hamat Awat was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.
Meanwhile, Brotherhood offices were ransacked by protesters in another part of Cairo and also in the second-largest city Alexandria.
In Mahalla, petrol bombs were thrown at the Islamist office, setting the building on fire, the state-run Mena news agency reported.
A number of Brotherhood supporters said they had arrived from neighbouring towns to protect their movement.
The Brotherhood has recently seen several of its officers attacked across the country in protests against President Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist candidate who won last June's elections.
The secular opposition accuses Mr Morsi of seeking to usurp power - a charge he denies.
Hello dear readers,
Assalam alaikum brothers & sisters,
I would like to inform you about something that happened a few weeks ago, but I don't know whether the political room or the news room is the right place for it, so if I've put it into the wrong room please excuse me.
I think it is important for you to know about the following. Please read through it and also listen to the testimonies of witnesses of this event that took place on 16.11.2012 in Egypt, Cairo and which has been hugely distorted by the egyptian press (Al Mesryoon) in a news article which has gone national in Egypt as well as international (covered by Russia and Sweden).
There has been lies and propaganda distributed throughout Egypt and abroad trying to defame a religious minority group composed of peaceful students at a private learning center. They have made false accusations such as links to terrorism, links to AlQaeda, attacking border guards, and other truly ridiculous :excl: claims, even an assassination attempt on the Egyptian president. :huh: :mellow: These are all false and unwarranted accusations (!), none of these students have any weapons whatsoever. The Egyptian officials have conjured accusations and lies in order to incite the common people against these peaceful people gathering together in a 'school', where also women and children take part. This is not a small article as it has gone nationwide in Egypt (http://www.almesryoo...link/52371.html ) and is also covered by other countries like Russia
(http://english.ruvr....ested-in-Cairo/) and Sweden (http://www.aftonblad...icle15794197.ab).
!! Note the picture in the Russian article is forged, the whole article is a complete lie, none of the school members are inside that picture!!
The Egyptian officials are furious because it is a school teaching the subject of Ahlulbayt, the family of Prophet Muhammad (pbuhp), which is something that the Sunni dominant Egyptians do not subscribe to. Please, whatever your personal belief regarding different schools in Islam is, be fair to yourself as a human being. If you do not consider followers of other Islamic schools as your brothers and sisters in Islam (which is a great claim), then remember that they are your brothers and sisters in humanity!
If some of the Egyptian scholars and officials (who have a hand in this raid) have a problem with other schools of thought in Islam, then they can have debates and discussions with these students in a peaceful manner. And this does not necessarily mean to adopt the point of view of others, no, but it means to tolerate others and treat each other with respect! Just like the Quran instructs us when dealing with each other. But certainly it is not correct to raid their place and scare children, women (some pregnant) and everyone else; and afterwards to spread conflicting false accusations and lies to the public, just to incite the common people against a minority group. This is not right and Islam does not support it.
Thank you for your attention.
You can see video testimonies and responses of some of the students in the following youtube links (click "cc" for english subtitles):
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"If you are not careful, the newspaper will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing!"
- Malcolm X -