CAIRO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Ministry of Social Solidarity decided on Wednesday to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a non- governmental organization (NGO), official news agency MENA reported.
On Tuesday, a cabinet committee ordered to remove the Brotherhood group from a government list of accredited NGOs.
Earlier, a Cairo court also ordered to ban the group's activities, seize its funds and form a panel to administer its assets.
Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed Hassan el-Borai was quoted by MENA as saying that the court's order, which confused some people, means dissolving the Brotherhood group, the NGO and all of its affiliated institutions, and all the funds will be frozen until an irrevocable ruling to dissolve the group is issued.
He stressed the court decision is "not to remove but to dissolve" the group, which has no legal base.
Speaking at a press conference, Borai stressed that the entire funds of the Brotherhood as NGO will be put under the disposal of the committee assigned by the Cabinet for reviewing the group's assets until final judicial verdicts are issued in this regard.
The minister said the cabinet committee comprises representatives from the ministries of justice, interior, finance, social solidarity, local development, the national security, the Central Bank, the Investment Authority.
However, the minister pointed out that the decision does not mean "the funds will be confiscated."
He added the Social Solidarity Ministry in accordance with Article No. 42 of the NGOs Law is entitled to disband any violating NGO.
The court ruling hadn't applied over the MB's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which its formation is connected to the party laws not the NGOs jurisdictions.
Nevertheless, at the beginning of October, the State Commissioner's Authority gave a recommendation to dissolve the FJP, asserting the party was established upon religious, which is contradicted with the party laws that ban forming a party upon religious, race, or for owning armed militia.
In response to the fresh move by the government, the Brotherhood group on its official website said it will appeal against the court order on the Administrative Court.
Aly Mansour, a political expert at Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, told Xinhua that Brotherhood has no legitimacy, and its dissolution is legal, but warning that the political isolation of the group may lead to its underground work and violent operation.
He predicted the government won't seek dismantling the MB's FJP to leave a room for reconciliation with the Brotherhood.
Founded in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood group has been outlawed most of the time. In 1948, it was dissolved over charges of involving in explosion and murder. In 1954, it was banned again due to attempts of pressing the country into religion ruling during the era of late president Gamal Abdel Nasser. The 1954's decision was irrevocable, which means there is no legal existence for the group.
The group's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party was formed following the toppling of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, then the party candidate Mohamed Morsi won the presidential election in 2012. The group was officially registered as a NGO in March under Morsi's rule, to avoid the 1954's Denison of banning definitely the group, and find a legal channel to practice its political activities.
The decision came along with Cairo Appeal Court order on Wednesday to set Nov. 4 for the trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, along with other 14 top leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood over presidential palace violence that took place in December.
The armed forces toppled Morsi on July 3 in response to massive protests across the country against the Islamic leader and his Brotherhood maladministration. Over the past three months, the supporters of Morsi called for continuous protests to reinstate as they say "the legitimate president against the military coup."
Since Morsi's ouster, nearly 3,600 of Brotherhood leaders and members were arrested over charges of inciting violence, murdering, disturbing social order and assaulting governmental institutions, according to the group's official website.