CAIRO: An appeal against a court verdict that ordered for the Teachers Syndicate to be dissolved and for sequestration to be imposed after years of domination by the Muslim Brotherhood has been accepted, Teachers Syndicate Deputy Samir Mustafa said Tuesday.
The Cairo Court of Urgent Matters sentenced Monday for the syndicate council to be dissolved and for control over its affairs to be taken over by the government until a new council is elected, Youm7 reported.
The appeal argued that the court verdict contradicts the constitution, Mustafa added in a press statement published on the syndicate’s official website. The first appeal session is scheduled for April 29.
The syndicate said in a Tuesday statement that the verdict violates articles 77 of the 2014 constitution, which bans imposing sequestration on professional syndicates. As for a syndicate council, the article says that the council shall not be dissolved except by a judicial order.
The verdict says that a judiciary committee, not one from the Ministry of Education, is to be formed to take over syndicate affairs, said Nasser Sobhy, the secretary-general’s assistant of the syndicate.
Assigning a judiciary sequestration on the syndicate would negatively impact its fund as such sequestration could cost around 3 million EGP annually (U.S. $430,590).
Ayman al-Biley, the teacher who filed the lawsuit against the council, told Youm7 that it is a “historical verdict and it is a step to save the syndicate from Brotherhood domination.”
Biley’s lawsuit accused the Brotherhood–dominated council members of financial irregularities and of funding the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins.
Meanwhile, the official website of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was designated a “terrorist organization” by the government on Dec. 25, 2013, said Tuesday that the dissolved council will hold an emergency meeting for the general assembly of the syndicate this Saturday to discuss the court verdict.