Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s political wing faces possible dissolution over terrorism charges

Adham Youssef
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The Political Parties Affairs Committee filed charges Monday against the Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s political wing, the Building and Development Party, demanding the party’s immediate dissolution, and sent the case to the prosecution.

In a Monday statement, the Building and Development Party said the government-run committee forwarded reports demanding the dissolution of the party to Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, as it had “violated the Political Parties Affairs Law”.

The prosecution is to investigate the case and release a report concerning the legality of the party’s activities. The party is facing charges of “attacking peaceful anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters, committing acts of violence and terrorism, and endangering the stability of the country”. The party added that it is also charged with acting as the political wing of Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, which “incites sectarian strife”.

The party condemned such charges, adding that “this is a systematic campaign by the coup” to dissolve all Islamist entities which refuse the current regime. Last Tuesday, Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya Shura Council chair Essam Derbala condemned calls to dissolve Islamist parties, describing it as an “exclusionary act”.

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