US Congress hears bill to outlaw Muslim Brotherhood

A bill desginating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization has been submitted to three committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.

US Congress hears bill to outlaw Muslim Brotherhood

World Bulletin / News Desk

United States lawmakers have heard a bill that could label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

A proposal – the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014 – was submitted late on Thursday to the House of Representatives’ committees on foreign affairs, finance, and the judiciary.

In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, which supported the government of President Mohammed Morsi, was ousted from power last year. Since then hundreds of its members have been sentenced to death after President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared it a terrorist organization.

Founded in 1928, the brotherhood has affiliates around the Arab world, including Hamas in Gaza.

Submitted by Republican Michele Bachmann, the proposed legislation would impose sanctions and deny entry to the U.S. for any members or representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood and affiliated groups.

Members of the organization would be denied visas and those in the U.S. would be deported. Any U.S. company holding the organization’s funds should report it to the U.S. Treasury.

The bill has to be jointly agreed by the Senate and the House of Representatives before submission to President Barack Obama.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2014, 10:24