On Monday, an Egyptian court issued a ruling that banned the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters applied the ruling to the Islamist group's non-governmental group, its recently formed political party, and any groups affiliated with or receiving financial support from the organization.
The ruling also ordered the immediate "confiscation of all the group's money, assets, and buildings” and for a panel to be formed to distribute those funds until any appeals have been heard.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been outlawed for most of its 85 year existence, but in 2011 – after Hosni Murbarak was removed from power – it was allowed to exist openly and quickly rose to power, with political efforts culminating with the June 2012 election of Mohammed Morsi as Egypt's president. But the after last summer's military coup, Egyptian authorities again cracked down on the group and arrested its leader, Mohamed Badie.
"This is totalitarian decision," leading group member Ibrahim Moneir said in an interview with Qatari-based Al-Jazeera Mubashir Misr TV. "You are losers and it (the Brotherhood) will remain with God's help, not by the orders by the judiciary of el-Sissi," he added, referring to military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who led the overthrow of Morsi on July 3.
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