Egypt court to review Brotherhood 'terrorist' label

The army-installed interim government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist" movement in December.

Egypt court to review Brotherhood 'terrorist' label

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's Administrative Court will on Tuesday hear an appeal against a decision by the interim government to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist" organization, a judicial source said on Sunday.

"The appeal argues that the decision contradicts all democratic rules as well as the objectives of the [2011] revolution for describing a political movement that has been in place for tens of years as a terrorist group," the source told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity.

The source added that the appeal, launched by an Egyptian civil servant, considers the designation to be a violation of freedoms and an act of discrimination.

The army-installed interim government designated the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, a "terrorist" movement in December of last year.

The decision followed the bombing of the security directorate in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, which was condemned by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Court clears Brotherhood leader

An Egyptian court on Sunday cleared Essam al-Erian, a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, and 14 others of incitement to violence in the first such ruling for a top group leader since the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Al-Erian, a university professor, was cleared of charges of inciting violence, possessing bladed weapons and spreading anarchy during demonstrations in the eastern province of Ismailia on September 20 of last year, judicial sources told Anadolu Agency.

Defense lawyer Hassan Saleh welcomed the court ruling.

"This is the first innocence ruling for a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood or its Freedom and Justice Party," Saleh told AA.

Today's verdict is subject to appeal.

Al-Erian, the deputy chairman of the Brotherhood's party, will remain in custody pending trials on other charges.

Egypt has launched an all-out crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which Morsi hails, since July 3.

Hundreds of senior Brotherhood leaders and members have been jailed on several charges, mostly incitement to violence.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Mart 2014, 09:35