Alexandria Court looks into listing Hamas as a ‘terrorist organization’
One The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas - AP/Adel Hana

CAIRO: Alexandria Court of Urgent Matters will examine Tuesday a lawsuit that calls for designating the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas as a “terrorist organization” in Egypt, Youm7 reported.

On Feb. 3, the court has accepted the lawsuit, filed by Secretary General for the Coalition to Support Long Live Egypt fund, lawyer Tarek Mahmoud and set Feb. 17 for the first hearing.

“Hamas represents the military arm of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and it should be included on Egypt’s list of terrorist organizations and its members should be dealt with as terrorist elements,” Mahmoud claimed in his lawsuit, according to Youm7.

On Jan. 31, the Court for Urgent Matters ruled to ban the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization over its involvement in “several terrorist operations,” including the attack on a security checkpoint in October 2014 that killed 31 security personnel.

In March 2014, an Egyptian court banned all activities of Hamas and ordered the closure of all its offices nationwide.

Several members of Hamas, former president Mohamed Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood group are being tried on accusations of escaping from the Wadi al-Natroun Prison during the January 25 Revolution which toppled former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime in 2011.

Citing its lack of jurisdiction in the matter, the Cairo Court of Urgent Matter on January 26 has dropped a similar  lawsuit, filed by lawyer Samir Sabry, calling for the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization.

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