Egypt formally registers Brotherhood 'terror' listing

Brotherhood spokesman decries move, saying group rejects use of violence and strives for ‘peaceful revolution’

Egypt formally registers Brotherhood 'terror' listing

World Bulletin / News Desk

 A court ruling officially designating Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group as a "terrorist organization" was published in Egypt's official gazette on Sunday.

On April 14, a Cairo criminal court ruled that the Muslim Brotherhood -- along with 215 individuals -- should be included on the country’s list of "terrorists" for a three-year period.

"We plan to appeal the decision at a higher court," Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, head of the Brotherhood’s legal defense team, told Anadolu Agency.

The Egyptian government first designated the Brotherhood a "terrorist organization" in December of 2013, six months after Mohamed Morsi -- the country’s first democratically elected president and a Brotherhood leader -- was ousted and imprisoned in a military coup.

The embattled Brotherhood rejected the decision at the time, saying it was devoted to strictly peaceful means of protest.

In line with a law issued by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi (a former army chief who succeeded Morsi as president) in February of last year, Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 17 other high-ranking group members were included on the list -- a move later appealed in court.

Since Morsi’s ouster in mid-2013, the Egyptian authorities have launched a relentless crackdown on his supporters and members of his now-outlawed Brotherhood group, killing hundreds and throwing tens of thousands behind bars.

In a statement posted online, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Talaat Fahmi reiterated the group’s "rejection" of the terrorist listing. 

"The truth cannot be altered by these vicious [court] decisions," Fahmi declared.

"The Muslim Brotherhood is struggling for a cause," he said. "We reject the use of violence and strive for a peaceful revolution." 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Haziran 2016, 09:22