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article imageEgyptian court ruling could end Muslim Brotherhood

By Abdul Kuddus     Sep 24, 2013 in World
Cairo - An Egyptian court Monday clamped down further on the Muslim Brotherhood by banning its activities, seizing funds and freezing assets, a sign of the toughest crackdown on the Islamist movement which reportedly has more than a million followers.
"The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it," declared presiding judge Mohammed al-Sayed, CNN reported.
While the court did not reveal the reasons for imposing the ban, reportedly, “it was prompted by a lawsuit filed by the leftist National Progressive Unionist Party, also known as Tagammu, which accused the Brotherhood of being terrorist and exploiting religion in political slogans," the BBC reported.
Following the eviction of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood came to power winning parliamentary and presidential elections and anointing Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi as Egypt’s first Islamic president.
A year later, however, the Egyptian army led by Chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's deposed Morsi from power and placed him under house arrest July 3, following mass protests against his rule.
Since then, Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Morsi agitators demanding Morsi’s reinstatement and rounded up thousands of Islamists in an attempt to prevent their mobilization in Egypt.
Dozens of Brotherhood’s senior leaders, including its ideologue Mohammed Badie are under detention on charges of inciting violence and murder.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s interim government constituted a 50-member panel to replace the divisive Egypt's Islamist-drafted constitution that got approved in a hasty nationwide referendum in December.
The Brotherhood remained outlawed for nearly 85 years of its existence. In 2011, however, following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, it gained legitimacy to work openly trough its non-theocratic political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
The comprehensive ban on the Muslim Brotherhood's activities seems an indication that the group's days are numbered.
While the Brotherhood has the option of appealing the ruling, the ban makes it easier for Egyptian authorities to monitor the elaborate network of social services that could possibly deal a deadly blow to its pillars of grassroots support.
Further, the court decision is likely to force more Islamists underground, fearing prosecution, and it could trigger a civil war in Egypt.
While it is still unclear whether the Brotherhood's political wing, the FJP, would be affected by Monday’s court ruling there is a possibility that the government might impose restriction on the FJP due to its religious links with the Muslim Brotherhood.
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