Egypt judicial panel says dissolve Muslim Brotherhood NGO status


A man holds a portrait of ousted president Mohamed Morsi as thousands of his supporters demonstrate for his reinstatement close to the Egyptian cabinet headquarters on July 17, 2013 in Cairo.



An Egyptian judicial panel has recommended an Egyptian court dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood's status as a legally registered non-governmental organization (NGO) on Monday.

The panel said that the Muslim Brotherhood was in violation of the law and should not be given NGO status.

The movement was registered as an NGO in March in response to a lawsuit claiming that it had no legal status.

The case could be decided as early as November 12.

The Muslim Brotherhood was created in 1928 and was banned in 1954 by the Egyptian military.

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The group swept to power after the fall of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak but were deposed by the military on July 3, 2013.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi now stands trial for incitement to violence and spying, along with other top leaders of the movement.

Morsi is being held in an undisclosed location, his detention extended again and again by Egypt's military rulers.

Egypt's military rulers have tightened their grip on power recently, setting curfews and reinstating an emergency law.

The country's interim leaders have vowed to block Gulf media outlet Al Jazeera from broadcasting, declaring it a threat to national security.