Muslim Brotherhood banned by Egyptian court

An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Egyptian state TV said the court issued its ruling on Monday.
The Brotherhood was outlawed for most of its 85 years in existence. But after Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011, it was allowed to work openly, formed a political party and rose to power in a string of post-Mubarak elections. In March, it registered as a recognised non-governmental organization.
The ruling, which can be appealed, opens door for authorities to track down the group's elaborate network of social services, dealing a deadly blow to its pillars of grassroots support.
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