Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cairo court: Hamas a terrorist organisation

There used to be a time that Egyptian leftistts trusted the judicairy. That time has passed. The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Saturday ruled Hamas a terrorist organisation, a month after the group's military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, was also designated a terror group by the same court.
The verdict resulted from two separate private suits filed by Samir Sabry and Ashraf Said, both lawyers, against the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip.
The relationship between Egypt's authorities and the Islamist resistance group has soured since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian sister organisation.
Egypt's cabinet declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013, and the authorities have since charged many Brotherhood members with offences including support for terrorism.
Egypt has accused Hamas of meddling into its internal affairs and supporting Islamist insurgents in Sinai, accusations that the group has repeatedly denied.
Cairo has kept the Rafah crossing to the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip closed for extended periods since Morsi's ouster.
The court statement from the Al-Qassam Brigades ruling in January said that the group's "recent planning and financing of terrorist attacks show that Al-Qassam brigades and Hamas have swayed from their original cause of fighting the Israeli occupation."

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