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Brotherhood to be written off registered NGOs list

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The decision stems from the government’s keenness on ‘upholding the rule of law’: Cabinet

The Association of the Muslim Brotherhood is going to be taken off the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s list of registered NGOs.

The Cabinet said in a statement on Tuesday that this decision stems from the government’s keenness on “upholding the rule of law” and “implementing court orders”.

On 23 September, the Circuit Court for Urgent Matters in Abdeen ruled to disband the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered the confiscation of its capital.

The Muslim Brotherhood established a non-governmental organisation under the same name in March. The decision was made in order to legalize the group’s status and came just a few hours after the State Commissioner’s Authority gave a recommendation to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood.

Following the September verdict, the government formed a committee on 2 October that includes representatives from the ministries of Justice, Interior, Finance, Social Solidarity, and Local Development, as well as representatives from the Central Bank of Egypt, Homeland Security and Investment Authorities to manage the funds of the Muslim Brotherhood Organisation.

The Cabinet’s Tuesday statement said that the committee tasked Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmad Boraie with removing the Brotherhood’s NGO off the list of registered NGOs. The statement also said that the property referred to in the verdict has been inventoried.

Hany Mehana, spokesman for the ministry, said the Cabinet’s decision to write off the Brotherhood’s association is an implementation of the verdict, and the association will be disbanded as soon as the decision reaches the ministry, state-run MENA reported.

He added that according to Law 84 for the year 2002, an association has the right to choose the recipient of its money if it is being disbanded. If the association does not specify where the money goes, the money is deposited into the ministry in a fund to aid associations.

He added that in the Brotherhood’s case, the fate of the money is yet to be decided.

Prime Minster Hazem El-Beblawi said on Monday night that the Cabinet cannot execute the verdict through an “administrative” decision and that it will wait for an executable form of the verdict before implementing it, state-run MENA reported, citing him in a televised phone interview on private channel CBC.

The State Litigation Authority, the government’s legal representative, announced on Monday that it will not be appealing the verdict that was denounced by the Muslim Brotherhood, who called it “political and exclusionary.”


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