This was one of several lawsuits making its way through the Egyptian legal system. But it has led to some definitive results.
A court in Cairo has banned “all activities” by the Muslim Brotherhood. The ruling on Monday applies to the group, its NGO and “any organisation derived from it,” judges said.
The court also ordered the interim government to seize the group’s funds and establish a panel to administer its frozen assets until any appeal had been heard.
A Brotherhood source told Ahram Online the verdict would be appealed within ten days.
On 2 September, Egypt’s State Commissioners Authority, a body that advises the government on legal issues, recommended the Brotherhood’s dissolution after claims circulated of its links to armed militias.
That is the real issue. NGOs in Egypt aren’t supposed to have their own private armies. The media is predictably refusing to report this aspect of the story.
Tellingly I have yet to see a single US mainstream media story discuss the verdict, the lawsuit or why the Brotherhood was banned. There are only stories about a ban padded out with quotes from Al Jazeera.
This isn’t the end of the Muslim Brotherhood but it will now have a lot more trouble operating as a political organization. Despite pressure from Obama Inc, the Egyptian authorities aren’t blinking and Syria has come around at the perfect time to divide Kerry’s attention.
Those Egyptians who committed themselves to stamping out the Brotherhood understood that they either had to go all the way or give up. That there was no middle ground.