Ruling designating Hamas as “terrorist group” annulled after lawyer dropped case
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CAIRO: The decision by Egypt’s court to designate Hamas as a “terrorist group” was annulled Friday after the civil plaintiff who filed a lawsuit withdrew because it “hampers the Palestinian reconciliation process,” Youm7 reported.

On February 28, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ruled in favor of deeming Hamas a terrorist organization over its “role in attacks on Egyptian soil,” as alleged by lawyer Samir Sabry.

The ruling means that Hamas members in Egypt must be arrested; thus dropping the lawsuit is a national duty so that Egypt may continue with its role in mediating reconciliation between Hamas and its rival Fatah, Sabry was quoted by Youm7.

On behalf of the Egyptian government, the State Lawsuit Authority had already challenged the ruling March 11.

Sabry was also the civil plaintiff behind banning April 6 Youth Movement in April 2014 and designating the Muslim Brotherhood as “terrorist” in February 2014.

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