Court cases against Brothers postponed

Two court cases seeking to legally marginalize the Muslim Brotherhood have been adjourned on Tuesday, state-run Al-Ahram reported. 

One case heard by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters, which calls for banning the Brotherhood from nominating candidates for the presidential elections, was adjourned to April 15. 

The case was raised by lawyer Samir Sabry, who is behind a number of anti-Brotherhood court cases. In this one, Sabry calls for the interim president, prime minister and minister of interior to prevent Brotherhood members from legally running in the presidential elections. 

The elections, slated for May 26 and 27, have no candidate with visible Brotherhood support. 

Additionally, on April 15 the Court of Urgent Matters will also try the case of the Al Jazeera journalists. 

Qatar-based Al Jazeera has been slammed for representing Brotherhood voices in the aftermath of the crackdown on the movement’s members following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency. 

Egypt is currently prosecuting three of the international network’s journalists on charges of destabilizing the country’s national security. A fourth Al Jazeera journalist, who has been in custody since last August, has not yet been referred to court. The case has been condemned by international human rights organizations and foreign governments who consider the situation a major blow to freedom of expression in Egypt. 

Last December, Egypt’s government issued a decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group and to halt the group’s activities in the country.


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