CAIRO: A judicial committee ordered Wednesday the transfer of management of two Islamist-owned medical NGOs to the state after they were accused of funding the Muslim Brotherhood, Youm7 reported.
The committee was formed per a decision by the Ministry of Justice to locate and manage the assets of the Brotherhood, after the group was banned in September 2013.
The two Islamist charity NGOs are: The Islamic Medical Association, with 28 branches across Egypt, and the Medical Association in Rabaa al-Adaweya, named after the place that hosted one of the Brotherhood sit-ins, which was dispersed in August 2013.
Following the decision, Youm7 reported that security forces headed to the headquarters of both associations where they met with the former management. The associations operations include hospitals, pharmacies and other medical installations, which will continue to operate, according to a statement by the judicial committee.
The Islamic Medical Association will be headed by former Mufti Ali Gomaa, and the membership of the board of directors will include specialists from the Ministry of Health.
A judicial source at the committee said that investigations revealed that the associations are suspected to have laundered funds to the Brotherhood, according to Youm7.
The source added to Youm7 that the assets of both associations are valued at 300 million EGP ($42 million,) and that it gains an annual profit double its capital value.
Additional reporting by Ibrahim Kasim, Nourhan Hassan and Mohamed el-Alim