FJP lawyer blasts dissolution
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CAIRO: Defense lawyer Tarek Shoman told Al Jazeera channel Saturday the verdict by the Supreme Administrative Court to dissolve the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP is “purely political” and “contravenes many constitutional and legal norms.”

“Dissolving any civil associations or institution must be done with a definitive and final judicial ruling; there was no proof the party contravened the law of forming parties,” he added.

The Political Parties Affairs Committee requested the Supreme Administrative Court July 13 to dissolve the FJP, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Shoman said according to the law, the court should have notified the FJP, then held a court session eight days later, but the party was not notified and the session was held on July 19, six days after the committee’s request.

FJP won previous elections “by a landslide” and dissolving it was an “obvious mistake,” said Ahmed al-Iskandrany, the spokesperson for Gamaa Islamiyya-affiliated  Construction and Development Party on their official website.

Dissolving the FJP was the “right thing to do and was true to the constitution,” Karama Party head Mohamed Sami told Al-Masry Al-Youm Saturday. FJP was the political arm of a “terrorist” group and was based on religious background, thus violating the Egyptian constitution, he added.

Free Egyptians Party spokesperson Shehab Wagih also told Al-Masry Al-Youm the ruling was in line with the public decision expressed in the June 30 demonstrations in 2013 to bring to an end to the Brotherhood.

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