Salafist Front calls on NASL to suspend activities
Leaders of Muslim Brotherhood’s National Alliance to Support Legitimacy during press conference - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Salafist Front urged the pro-Muslim Brotherhood National Alliance to Support Legitimacy to suspend its political activities in order to “avoid spilling blood,” it said in a Wednesday statement on its official Facebook page.

The announcement follows the initial death sentence of 683 Muslim Brotherhood members , including the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, by the Minya Criminal Court Monday, and referral of the case to the Grand Mufti.

The Muslim Brotherhood has “failed to manage the alliance,” secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad Party Mohamed Abu Samra told Youm7 Wednesday, adding that the Alliance did not fail, but the Brotherhood are running it with the aim of putting pressure on the Egyptian government.

Abu Samra added that the alliance’s administration is “dominated by the brotherhood’s radical thought,” prompting the Islamic Jihad Party to not participating in the alliance’s meetings.

Kamal Habib, an expert on Islamists movements affairs told Youm7 that  there are voices from outside the NASL demanding its dissolution after “feeling embarrassed” about the bloodshed that is gripping Egypt now, especially after the mass death sentences.

On March 24, Minya Criminal Court (Upper Egypt) sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death and acquitted 17 others on Monday over charges of attacking a police station and killing its deputy head. Most of the group were tried in absentia. Following the opinion of the mufti, 38 of the 529 were given final death sentences, and the rest were given 25 years in prison.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab issued a decree April 8 enforcing a Dec. 25, 2013 ruling which designated the Brotherhood as “terrorist,”applying legal penalties to anyone who joins or continues to be a member of the group .

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