CAIRO - A Muslim Brotherhood leader on Tuesday said that the group planned to challenge a cabinet decision to revoke the Brotherhood Society's status as a registered NGO.
CAIRO – A Muslim Brotherhood leader on Tuesday said that the group planned to challenge a cabinet decision to revoke the Brotherhood Society’s status as a registered NGO.
“The Brotherhood will challenge these illegal decisions,” Ahmed Amer told the Anadolu Agency from London. “We will also stage rallies to show our rejection of the decision.”
On Tuesday, the Egyptian government decided to revoke the Muslim Brotherhood Society’s status as an official NGO.
In a statement, the cabinet said the decision was meant to implement a September 23 court ruling calling for the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Society and the seizure of its assets.
A member of the Brotherhood’s legal committee argued that the cabinet “has no authority to issue a decision revoking the [NGO status of the] Brotherhood Society.”
“It’s only up to the administrative court system to issue such a decision,” he said. “We will challenge this move in court.”
The Muslim Brotherhood Society was registered as an NGO in March, with former Brotherhood supreme leader Mahdi Akef as chairman. Akef is currently in jail on charges of “inciting violence”.
The society’s administration does not include all the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood or its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
Tuesday’s government decision came one day after Egypt’s State Commissioners Authority recommended the dissolution of the FJP, which had been chaired by ousted President Mohamed Morsi before his 2012 presidential election victory.
An Egyptian court is now scheduled to look into two appeals against the ruling on October 21 and 22. The same court will also examine a request to uphold the verdict against the group on October 23.
The September 23 ruling dissolving the Brotherhood Society came amid a crackdown on the group by Egypt’s new army-backed rulers, which has remained ongoing since Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the military.