CAIRO: The State Council’s first circuit of the Administrative Court in Cairo decided Tuesday to refer the case to declare Hamas a terrorist organization to the State Commissioners Authority.
The case, filed by former Parliament Member Hamdy Fakharany, intends to add the Gaza-based movement Hamas to a state list of terrorist organizations and designate it a threat to national security.
Fakharany claims that Hamas was involved in a number of jailbreaks during the 2011 Revolution, and that since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 it has been responsible for attacks that targeted and killed tens of soldiers in Sinai.
Mohamed Abdel Naeem, head of United National Organization for Human Rights, said in press release Saturday that Hamas was behind the attack that targeted six soldiers at a military checkpoint in Shubra el-Kheima on March 15.
Minister of Justice Nayer Othman told Youm7 on Sunday that the ministry is waiting for the court decision to declare the movement a terrorist group in order to seize its assets.
On March 4 the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banned Hamas activities and moved to freeze its assets.
After the court order was issued, Hamas leader and deputy head of foreign affairs Ghazi Hamad told The Cairo Post that evening that the ruling was “impractical,” since “the movement has no existence in Egypt.”
Member of the political bureau of Hamas, Moussa Abu Marzouk also said on his Facebook page on March 4 that the movement has no activity in Egypt.
The government of former president Morsi was seen as close to Hamas, and since his ouster on July 3, 2013, there have been increased attacks and security campaigns in North Sinai near the border with Israel and the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group on Dec. 25.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Asaad, Asmaa Shalabi, Nourhan Hassan, and Samar Samir.