CAIRO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian court on Monday banned all activities of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and ordered to seize the group's assets and funds, state-run al-Ahram online reported.
As the MB had been officially registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in March, the court in Cairo also banned on Monday the activities of the group as an NGO and of all institutions affiliated to it.
According to the latest court ruling, a panel from the cabinet will be formed to temporarily run the MB's funds until an irrevocable court ruling is given.
A spokesman of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the MB, condemned the court ruling on Monday, noting that the MB would appeal the verdict, according to official news agency MENA.
The MB also criticized the court ruling via Twitter website, saying "Muslim Brotherhood as an organization will always be present on the ground even after being dissolved, and will continue serving Egyptian people."
However, after the court ruling on Monday, Tamarud, a grassroots campaign that had cosponsored massive protests on June 30, called for dissolving the MB group and its party, according to MENA.
Ayman Salama, specialized on international law, told MENA that the verdict is compatible with provisions of international law.
Founded in 1928, the MB as an influential pan-Islamic, religious, political and social movement has been outlawed most of the time. In 1948, the MB was dissolved for the first time over charges of explosion and murder. In 1954, it was banned again due to links to an unsuccessful assassination attempt of then President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the FJP was formed and the party's chief Mohamed Morsi became the country's first democratically-elected president in 2012. However, Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3, 2013, in response to nationwide protests.
On Sept. 17, an Egyptian court upheld a prosecution order to freeze the funds and assets of several senior MB leaders and other Islamists' top leaders over charges of inciting violence and killings.
BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian Cabinet announced a fresh reduction of curfew hours on Thursday as violence and bloodshed continued during a military operation launched against a stronghold of Islamists near the capital of Cairo.
Third time in a row, the reduction was conducted in light of the beginning of the new school semester. Full story
CAIRO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian court sentenced 11 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted President Mohamed Morsi hails, to life in prison over violent acts against the army last month, state-run Ahram website reported Tuesday.
Forty-five other Muslim Brotherhood members will spend five years behind bars, while eight people -- some from the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, a hardline Islamist group, were acquitted. Full story