CAIRO: The Court for Urgent Affairs in Cairo dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood on Monday and authorized the government to seize the group’s funds. The ruling is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Islamist movement following the ouster of Former President Mohamed Morsi.
“The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization,” said the presiding judge Mohamed al-Sayed.
Since the ouster of Morsi on July 3, the government has cracked down on the Islamist group, which claims to have one million members. The dispersal of sit-ins in support of the toppled leader in mid-August by security forces killed hundreds, and resulting street violence prompted the establishment of an emergency law.
A number of high-ranking Brotherhood officials have also been arrested and detained on charges of inciting violence since August. Last week, Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad was arrested in Nasr City, on charges of inciting the killing of protestors.