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Egypt Minister of Endowments Warns of ‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorism’

Egypt Minister of Endowments Warns of ‘Muslim Brotherhood Terrorism’

Monday, 22 July, 2019 - 07:45
A member of the Muslim Brotherhood shouts slogans during his trial at a court on the outskirts of Cairo. (Reuters file photo)
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Egyptian Minister of Endowments Mohammed Mokhtar Jomaa warned of the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, officially classified as a terrorist group since November 2014.

Egypt accuses the group of stoking chaos and violence in the country following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, but the group usually denies the accusation.

The minister reiterated his rejection of the Brotherhood and its rhetoric, pointing out in a statement that the group’s slogan is “either to rule or kill and destroy.”

Morsi ruled the country for a year before his ouster, after which he was imprisoned. He died while standing trial in June this year.

Jomaa said members of the Brotherhood claim they are “God's chosen group”, noting that since its establishment, the terrorist organization has been threatening Egypt. It is driven by its treasonous collaboration with enemies of the Arab world and its belief that its authority can only be built on the ruins of its nations.

He called for “complete vigilance and hard work to uproot extremism”.

Hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and supporters are being tried in Egypt in cases mostly linked to violence.

On Sunday, an Egyptian military court adjourned to July 29 the trial of 304 defendants in the Hasm movement case, involving the attempted assassination of the assistant attorney general. Defendants include former minister and member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau Mohammed Ali Bishr.

Investigations revealed that the suspects received intelligence support from Qatar and Turkey, in agreement with Brotherhood fugitive leaders, to attack the police and armed forces and obstruct state institutions.

In another case, the criminal court of Cairo adjourned to August 4 the trial of 11 defendants, including Brotherhood fugitive leaders in Turkey, suspected in the assassination attempt of the Alexandria security director.

The prosecution accuses the defendants, including two prisoners, of joining the Hasm movement, which is the armed wing of the Brotherhood, and providing its members with funds, equipment, weapons and other means of logistical support and attempting to assassinate the former Alexandria security chief and his guards.

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