Lawsuit filed to ban MB from joining army, police is ‘unconstitutional': jurist
Muslim Brotherhood supporters during a protest - YOUM7 (Archive)
By NOURHAN MAGDI

CAIRO: The lawsuit was filed to ban the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) members from recruitment in the Egyptian army and police is unconstitutional, said Essam el-Eslamboly, a constitutional jurist Thursday.

Several news websites reported Thursday that a lawsuit was filed before the Attorney General to prohibit members of Muslim Brotherhood and their sons from joining the Egyptian military or applying to join the police academy.

The lawsuit also demanded that MB-affiliated employees to be put under tight surveillance. No litigation procedures have been taken yet regarding the controversial lawsuit.

In his statement to Youm7, Eslamboly described the lawsuit as “unconstitutional and violating the citizenship laws.”

He also claimed there have been some cases of MB members who were banned from joining the armed forces over their “political orientation.”

“Several security bodies are currently applying [the ban], and it does not need a court verdict to be applied.”

Farida el-Shobashy, an Egyptian writer praised the lawsuit and said it is a “good sign” as she does not feel comfortable seeing MB members in the Egyptian army.

The activities of the Muslim Brotherhood group were legally banned with their funds seized under a court ruling, although a panel to administer its frozen assets ruled to lift the ban on a number of associations earlier this month.

The group was officially designated as a terrorist organization in December 25, 2013, a day following a deadly bombing took place at the Dakahlia security directorate.

The members of the group have repeatedly claimed they were excluded from the political participation since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 3. Most of the group members, leaders and even sympathizers are now standing trials over charges ranging from inciting violence, killing and joining a terrorist group.

An expert in the Islamic groups’ affairs Khaled el-Zaafarani told Youm7 that the lawsuit is “difficult to be executed.”

The Brotherhood might use these lawsuits to criticize the judiciary and “export the image of injustice and exclusion [practiced against its members] to its supporters [abroad],” Zaafarani said.

Additional Reporting by Ramy Saeed and Ahmed Arafa.

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