Egyptian court bans pro-Morsi political party

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Local media outlets reported that Cairo’s Court for Urgent Matters ruled on Monday against the Independence Party, one of the members of the pro-Morsi Anti-Coup Alliance.

SHAFAQNA – An Egyptian court has banned a political party that had formed part of a coalition backing ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

The case had been brought by a retired state security judge, who argued the party was linked to the Muslim Brotherhood movement that has been banned in Egypt.

The party was accused of “harboring extremist thoughts which harm national security.”

The Anti-Coup Alliance, or the National Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy, was established in June 2013 to support Morsi.

Morsi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was also banned in a court ruling issued last year.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was toppled in July 2013 in a military coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the country’s current president and then army commander.

Sisi is accused of leading the suppression of Brotherhood supporters, as hundreds of them have been killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces over the last year.

Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on the supporters of Morsi has left over 1,400 people dead and 22,000 arrested, while some 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials.

The UN Human Rights Council has also repeatedly expressed concern over the Egyptian security forces’ heavy-handed crackdown and the killing of peaceful anti-government protesters.

 

Source: Press TV

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