CAIRO: The Egyptian Lawsuit Authority (ELA) joined Sunday a team of plaintiffs who filed lawsuits against Qatar and Turkey to label them “countries supporting terrorism,” according to a statement issued from the authority.
The ELA is authorized to defend and file a lawsuit on behalf of the government; it called in the Sunday session before the Cairo Court for the Urgent Matters to merge all cases against these countries with each other to be one case; it is the first time that the government legal representative has participated in such a case involving foreign governments.
The ELA’s request was based on a sentence issued by the Court of Urgent Matters Jan. 31 labeling Hama’s military wing of Qassam Brigades a terrorist organization. According to the grounds of the court ruling, the group is involved in committing “terrorist acts” against Egyptian security and military personnel, and has also supported the Muslim Brotherhood, which has also been designated a terrorist organization.
A session was set for March 2 to consider ELA’s request.
The authority’s claim included video footage published by Qatar-owned network Al Jazeera showing an attack targeting Egyptian military personnel in Sinai. It was attached also by reports say that Turkey hosts headquarters of T.V. channels incite violence against the Egyptian police and military personnel, the statement added.
“I believe that Qatar and Turkey are supporting terrorism, but what is going (filing such lawsuits) has no connection with the law at all,” former dean of Faculty of Law at Cairo University Mahmoud Kubeish told The Cairo Post Sunday.
The Court of Urgent Matters is not authorized to consider those cases and there is no provision in the law by which to label foreign countries as supporters of terrorism, he said, adding, “this is futile,” as the Urgent Matters Court considers only civil cases.
The relations between Egypt and Qatar and Turkey strained after the ouster of the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013 following mass protests called for the end of his regime. Turkey and Qatar saw Morsi’s ouster as a coup, and have labeled it thus often in official statements.
Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters fled to Qatar, Turkey and London to operate in opposition to the current regime, fleeing the crackdown of the government, especially after the group’s designation as a terrorist organization in December 2013 by the Egyptian government.
Some pro-MB supporters launched T.V. channels, such El-Sharq and Mekameleen in Turkey, which the Egyptian government has called for to close, alleging that these channels incite violence.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Saadeldeen