CAIRO: The assets of 76 associations in Minya, Upper Egypt that are allegedly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood have been frozen, undersecretary of the Solidarity Ministry’s branch in Minya told Youm7 Monday.
The Islamic Unity Association in Bandar el-Minya town has been referred to the prosecution for “serious financial irregularities,” while 12 associations were permanently dissolved.
The administrative boards of 35 associations were replaced; the Solidarity Ministry is still attempting to replace the administrative boards of the remaining associations.
Thousands of associations have been dissolved since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi; others were allowed to operate under appointed administrations.
Hundreds of associations have previously been dissolved in Minya alone. The Upper Egyptian governorate witnessed the worst sectarian strife in Egypt in the aftermath of Morsi’s overthrow.
The government claims that hundreds of charities receive large amounts of donations under the guise of charity but in fact are used to fund the Muslim Brotherhood and spread its ideology.
All dissolutions follow a September 2013 Cairo court ruling banning the Brotherhood’s activities and establishing a government panel to confiscate the assets and properties of organizations linked to the Islamist group, Solidarity Minister Ghada Waly previously stated.