Court refers lawsuit against Hamas’ Mashaal, Haniyeh to State Commissioners
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal - AFP/Skayhan Ozer

CAIRO: An Egyptian administrative court headed by judge  Mahamed Mahmoud referred the lawsuit filed by lawyer Samir Sabry to revoke the Egyptian citizenship from Hamas leaders Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh to the State Commissioner’s Authority  on Sunday.

The State Commissioner’s Authority is one of the levels through which cases are passed through in Egypt’s court system, but its role is restricted to giving recommendations.

Sabry declared in his lawsuit that Hamas is a terrorist organization, saying that “while the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has banned all activities in Egypt by Hamas just few days ago, the Egyptian people’s verdict was issued a long time ago considering them as a terrorist organization.”

He added that the movement has abandoned the resistance and embraced conspiracy theories, and  is certainly reliant on funding from abroad, claiming that “Egypt will witness further waves of violence and terrorist attacks in the coming days by the terrorist Hamas organization.”

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters banned all Hamas activities in Egypt on March 4, pending a court verdict in an espionage case involving ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of the Palestinian Islamist group.

The Palestinian Islamist Resistance Movement (Hamas) was founded in 1987 in conjunction with the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation, known as the first Palestinian Intifada.

Further, many Brotherhood members including former president Mohamed Morsi, are currently being prosecuted on charges of espionage. They were accused of collaborating with Gaza rulers Hamas, Lebanese Hezbollah and other organizations to spread chaos and threaten national security in Egypt.

Following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, there has been a breakdown of security in many parts of the Sinai, with Egyptian authorities cracking down on what they have alleged are terrorist cells. Many Egyptians accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of having colluded with Hamas, and have accused Morsi of granting Egyptian citizenship to its members. However, Hamas has repeatedly denied such involvement.

The decision to revoke citizenship is a sovereign decision, and the Prime Minister has the right to revoke citizenship from people who represent a threat to national security,” Youm7 reported on March 6.

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