Egypt's judges claim Brotherhood group is illegal, recommend dissolution
Egyptian protestors pray during a demonstration to show their support for their country's military and against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, on March 15 in Cairo. (AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)
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A group of Egyptian judges have recommended to one of the highest administrative courts in the country that the Muslim Brotherhood should be dissolved based on its legal status, AP reported on Thursday.
Under current laws, all non-governmental organizations in Egypt must be registered and although the Brotherhood claim they have done this, there is no independent evidence to prove it.
"We never publicized that we registered the group because that does not add or take away anything," Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, the Brotherhood's legal adviser, told Al-Jazeera on Wednesday.
The high court is expected to make its ruling by the end of the month. Until the downfall of ex-dictator, Hosni Mubarak, the Brotherhood was banned throughout Egypt.
Although President Mohamed Morsi gave up his membership on winning the presidential elections, it is widely believed that the group is still 'the power behind the throne'.
New legislation for how NGOs are registered is in the process of being passed. However, the Brotherhood were optimistic that this would pose no problems for them in the future:
"We are waiting for the new legislation to be adopted and we will immediately legalize the group," said Aref. "There is nothing that should stop us from doing that," group spokesman, Ahmed Aref, told The Associated Press.