Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood, orders assets confiscated

posted at 9:21 am on September 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Muslim Brotherhood’s astonishingly rapid fall in Egypt this summer continued today, with a court returning them to their formerly banned status.  The judge not only proscribed the formerly-elected group from organizing or politicking, he also ordered their assets seized by the government that toppled them:

An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and has ordered its assets confiscated. …

The court cast its verdict on a lawsuit brought about by Egypt’s left-wing Tagammu party, which has demanded the group’s dissolution.

Reuters notes that this will likely have the effect of ending the group’s attempt to gain power through legitimate democratic means:

An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group’s funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Mursi. …

The court decision is likely to drive more Brotherhood members underground and it may encourage young Islamists to take up arms against the state.

Al-Arabiya called it a “dramatic escalation”:

“The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it,” said the presiding judge Mohammed al-Sayed.

The decision marks a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against the supporters of the ousted Mursi.

The court ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood’s funds and administer its frozen assets.

This may sound satisfying to those who oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, but don’t expect the satisfaction to last.  First, this is not much change in the practical sense for the group, which has been shut down by the military since the coup and many of its leaders detained.  Mohamed Morsi, their former president of Egypt, has not been heard from since the army seized control of Egypt two months ago.  The interim government has banned their demonstrations and has probes into their operations that all but paralyzed the group this summer already, even without this order.

Besides, this is a group that knows how to operate as an underground society.  Only in recent years was it given leeway to operate openly as sort of a semi-tolerated opposition, but it spent 85 years as an officially banned organization until the 2011 revolution that sent Hosni Mubarak packing.  The Brotherhood survived and even thrived as a quasi-secret society in Egypt, spawning organizations such as Hamas and having its rejects form groups like al-Qaeda.

This move won’t change much except the current membership’s approach to seeking power.  But that changed in the coup, not in court, so this won’t even have that kind of impact.  What may have changed, though, will be the view of Egyptians who believed that the Muslim Brotherhood had the competence to lead if given the chance.  After watching the group attempt to hijack the legislative and judicial institutions they fought to free, it may take another generation of Egyptians before they get another chance to prove themselves.  In the end, the Muslim Brotherhood set themselves back, rather than the military or court being the culprit.


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Reuters notes that this will likely have the effect of ending the group’s attempt to gain power through legitimate democratic means:

One man, one vote (and you better vote the right way) one time is not democracy.

5000 years of history and Egyptians still operate under authoritarians. I’d rather have them be pro-American authoritarians than anti-American authoritarians.

rbj on September 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Egypt bans the MoBo’s, and Ubama coddles and worships them. I do declare the Egyptian military would make better stewards of government than the current lot of sods.

antisense on September 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

The court decision is likely to drive more Brotherhood members underground and it may encourage young Islamists to take up arms against the state.

Young Muslims turning into terrorists. Who could have seen that coming?

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

And, BTW, none of this does anything to ease the problems Egypt has in attracting tourists again.

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Obama hardest hit

redguy on September 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Women and children Obama hardest hit

redguy on September 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Sums it all up.

antisense on September 23, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Ooooh, that’s gonna leave a mark (on Obama).

The Rogue Tomato on September 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Now Obama has to attack both Syria and Egypt. Gotta protect his homies.

The Rogue Tomato on September 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM

So a slim majority if that votes for sharia law to be returned and everyone else has to accept it? These jackasses want to mandate FGM. Screw ‘em.

Blake on September 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

As I understand it, they put zealots in positions where technocrats belonged and screwed up the food supply. If the article I read is at all accurate (it was on the internet, so it must be…) Egypt imports huge amounts of wheat and heavily subsidizes bread as a sort of social safety net. Want to get 1/3 to 1/2 of your population in the streets? Mess up their daily bread, literally.

found a link…

Egypt is the world’s largest importer of wheat, but it froze its international purchase for months, from February until the eve of Mursi’s overthrow on July 3, hoping for a bigger domestic crop. It was its longest absence from the market in years.

trubble on September 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Obama hardest hit

redguy on September 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM

So who, besides me, thinks the thin-skinned rat was so arrogant that he really truly thought peace would be achieved by going to Cairo and give a speech that bashed Israel and America? He’s simply too damned lazy and stupid to understand international affairs and the results of that are beginning to spin out of control. He essentially decided to ignore non-domestic issues and any administration can only do that for a limited time without consequences.

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM

The MB members will now turn their attention to organizing for action with activities such as voter registering, townhall meetings, distributing pamphlets, perhaps arranging a few group strategy sessions with people who are interested in running for office, and getting local families involved with kid’s fairs and such.

Bishop on September 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

5000 years of history and Egyptians still operate under authoritarians. I’d rather have them be pro-American authoritarians than anti-American authoritarians.
rbj on September 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

We tried to argue that line of reasoning with the libtrolls. They just called us dictator lovers. How many women have been raped and killed, children, and men, all so liberals could learn what reality is? How many more have to die?

txhsmom on September 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

The MB members will now turn their attention to organizing for action with activities such as voter registering, townhall meetings, distributing pamphlets, perhaps arranging a few group strategy sessions with people who are interested in running for office, and getting local families involved with kid’s fairs and such.

Bishop on September 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Yeah, showing up at Egyptian block parties and taking care of the face painting and making balloon animals. Because, after all, we were told that these people are just like the Rotarians or any other civic minded group, remember?

Happy Nomad on September 23, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood, orders assets confiscated

In other news: Valerie Jarrett apoplectic; Samantha Power on 24-hour suicide watch; Obama preparing plans to nuke Cairo.

coldwarrior on September 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM

After watching the group attempt to hijack the legislative and judicial institutions they fought to free, it may take another generation of Egyptians before they get another chance to prove themselves.

I don’t know. democrats keep doing the same thing and they keep getting elected.

Curmudgeon on September 23, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Egypt’s left-wing Tagammu party

The left-wing in the world (like Obama) has allied themselves with Islamists (like the Muslim Brotherhood).

This statement is just propaganda. Tagammu is not left-wing if they oppose Islamists, they are right-wing.

The Muslim Brotherhood, like Socialists and fascists wanted a government so large they control everything from your healthcare down to the food you eat. They are just like their allies the Democrat Party.

GardenGnome on September 23, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The court decision is likely to drive more Brotherhood members underground TO BRITAIN and it may encourage young Islamists to take up arms against the state.

Ben Hur on September 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM

This may sound satisfying to those who oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, but don’t expect the satisfaction to last.

I still feel a little bit satisfied.

They may have operated underground for 85 years, but that was better than being in power. And since they’ve been out for the last two years, they’ve exposed their assets and it will take some time to recreate their underground world as it was.

mankai on September 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Besides, this is a group that knows how to operate as an underground society. Only in recent years was it given leeway to operate openly as sort of a semi-tolerated opposition, but it spent 85 years as an officially banned organization until the 2011 revolution that sent Hosni Mubarak packing. The Brotherhood survived and even thrived as a quasi-secret society in Egypt, spawning organizations such as Hamas and having its rejects form groups like al-Qaeda.

Exactly. Keep in mind that it was a trio of Muslim Brotherhood members in the Egyptian Army who assassinated Anwar al-Sadat.

One good thing about that was that the Army purged its MB elements after the fact. Which probably explains what happened this time around.

Still, I expect Egypt to be a hotbed of “revolutionary activity” for some time to come. On the plus side, the MB will no longer have control of Egypt’s armed forces- which we equipped.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Obama must be heart broken.

If it was not for Obama pushing and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and rushing the ousting of Mubarek, the MB taking over Egypt would not have happened.

Name one Muslim country that is better off since Obama has been President.

albill on September 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Can we now ban the MoBo members in Obama’s admin?

thedevilinside on September 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Obama’s adventurism into internal Egyptian affairs sure worked out well for US foreign policy didn’t it.

besser tot als rot on September 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

this is a group that knows how to operate as an underground society.

Well, might be a bit more difficult now. If nothing else, the last couple of years of legitimized MB has done is drawn them out of the shadows and exposed their faces.

besser tot als rot on September 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

That is precisely what the MB was doing against their political and religious opponents

jake49 on September 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM

The generals should send the IRS in to finish the job.

ex Dem from Miami on September 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

obama is sad….his bros were banned :(((((

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

obama is sad….his bros were banned :(((((

Schadenfreude on September 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Should be banned in the USA as well.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Their public humiliation is still the most promising element of the Arab Spring.

John the Libertarian on September 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Now the Egyptian Military can reveal the relationships between OMoBroBama and the MB! All secret deals, money and weapons,intelligence, etc. should be enough to get Obama impeached and the MOBros kicked out of the white house and the federal government! There must be a paper and electronic trail to be followed! How about it Egyptian Military? Snowden? Wiki-leaks? CIA?

Marco on September 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Did the news cause Obama and Valerie Jarrett to have a hissy fit? Or did they cry inconsolably?

Colony14 on September 23, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Did the news cause Obama and Valerie Jarrett to have a hissy fit? Or did they cry inconsolably?

Colony14 on September 23, 2013 at 4:12 PM

I expect Huma will be out there quietly doing damage control.

slickwillie2001 on September 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM

…JugEars must be pi$$ed!

KOOLAID2 on September 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM