World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a previous ruling outlawing the opposition Independence Party, one of the parties making the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, which backs ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a judicial source said.
The court banned the activities of the party in September, but the verdict was later appealed by its lawyer.
On Sunday, the court turned down the appeal against September's ruling, the judicial source said.
The party's lawyer Ashraf Omran, meanwhile, told The Anadolu Agency that Sunday's verdict was final.
The party's chairman Magdi Ahmed Hussein and its secretary-general Magdi Qurqur are now in jail on charges of inciting violence.
The Independence is the second party within Morsi's bloc to be banned by Egyptian courts in recent months.
In August, an Egyptian court banned the activities of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, which was designated a "terrorist organization" by the authorities in December of last year.
The Egyptian government has launched a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent – mainly targeting Morsi's Islamist supporters - since the elected Brotherhood leader's ouster by the military in July of last year following protests against his one year in office.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Aralık 2014, 12:14