Egypt court rejects bid to label two Islamic groups 'terrorist'

Salafist Front and Jamaa Islamiya not labeled as "terrorist organizations," for now

Egypt court rejects bid to label two Islamic groups 'terrorist'

An Egyptian court on Monday turned down a request to designate the opposition Salafist Front and Jamaa Islamiya "terrorist organizations," citing its lack of jurisdiction in the case, a judicial source has said.

The source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency that the court of urgent matters in the coastal city of Alexandria had turned down the request, which was filed by an Egyptian lawyer, to designate the two groups as "terrorist organizations."

The lawyer, Tarek Mahmoud, accused the two groups of having a record of "terrorist" operations, citing the 1981 assassination of late Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat by Jamaa Islamiya members.

Jamaa Islamiya emerged in the early 1970s. The movement was prevalent in southern Egypt before most of its members were jailed in the 1980s. In the late 1990s, jailed group members renounced violence in what came to be known in Egypt as the "ideological revisions."

In his legal request, Mahmoud also said that Egypt's Salafist Front had issued a series of statements in recent months in which it had "incited" against the Egyptian army and state.

The Salafist Front identifies itself as a gathering point for independent Salafist clerics from across Egypt.

The front used to be a member of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a group of pro-democracy political forces that support ousted President Mohamed Morsi.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2015, 00:02