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Egyptian court bans activities of Muslim Brotherhood

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Cairo, Sep 23 (EFE).- A Cairo court on Monday banned the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and imposed an embargo on the group's bank accounts and assets.

The Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Brotherhood, was the winner of the first legislative elections after the 2011 revolution that deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak and its leader Mohammed Morsi was the victor of the presidential elections in 2012.

The Egyptian army ousted Morsi in early July amid nationwide protests against his administration. Since then, security forces have killed around 900 of the deposed president's supporters.

Monday's court decision also prohibits the activities of any organization linked to the Brotherhood or that receive financial support from it, the official Mena news agency said.

The interim government will create a special committee to supervise the finances of the Islamist group and prevent it from diverting its funds.

The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 by Hasan el Bana, was made illegal in 1954 by Gamal Abdel Nasser, although after the revolution that deposed Mubarak in 2011 it was legalized.

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