Members of the Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood outside the new headquarters of the movement at Moqattam in Cairo. The pictur is from 2011.
A court in Cairo on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood and its NGO, which left the Islamist group without legal status. The Muslim Brotherhood has existed outside of Egyptian law for decades and its NGO was only officially registered in March 2013. The court also requestrated the NGO's funds and property and gave it to the state. The lawsuit aganist the Ikhwean was filed by the leftist Tagammu Party.
Egypt launched a crackdown against the group following the ouster on 3 July of president Morsi.Most of its leaders, like its supreme guide, Mohamed Badie,deputy supreme guide Khairat El-Shater, secretary general EzzatIbrahim and senior member Mohamed El-Beltagy have been detained and face charges of incitement to violence. On 17 September, Egyptian prosecutors froze the assets of several senior Brotherhood leaders as part of investigations against them.
The verdict is another big step back on the path of freedom and equality that was one of the supposed goals of the revolution of 25 January 2011.