Egypt court upholds ruling to ban Brotherhood

A court in Egypt has upheld an earlier ruling that banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets confiscated.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 file photo, a supporter of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans during clashes with opponents, not pictured, outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

CAIRO (AP) — A court in Egypt has upheld an earlier ruling that banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets confiscated.

The lawyers for the Islamist group had asked the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters to halt the implementation of the Sept. 23 ruling.

Osama el-Helw, a Brotherhood lawyer, says the group will appeal Wednesday's ruling, which was reported by the state MENA news agency.

Egypt's military-backed authorities have already formed a committee to review the Brotherhood assets but have not moved against its finances until the verdict is final.

The Brotherhood has been under a government crackdown following the popularly-backed coup in July that removed President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood member and Egypt's first elected leader after the 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Associated Press
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