7 Nov 2013

Court upholds Muslim Brotherhood ban

11:53 am on 7 November 2013

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has lost an appeal against a court decision to ban the group and seize its funds.

A court in September banned the Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest and most influential Islamist group, after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the army in July.

Prolonged protests followed his overthrow and hundreds of people died as the army suppressed the unrest.

The case against the Brotherhood was brought by a lawyer from the leftist Tagammu party, which cited the need to protect Egyptians from violence, Reuters reports.

It accompanied a campaign by security forces to crush the movement in which hundreds of its members have been killed, thousands arrested and its leaders, including Mr Morsi, put on trial.

The Brotherhood is to appeal against the court ruling.