#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – April 01 – Britain has ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns that the group is planning radical activities in Britain, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Downing Street office revealed Tuesday.
The review is being led by Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Jenkins, according to Agence France-Presse.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister has commissioned an internal government review into the philosophy and activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and the government’s policy towards the organization.”
The announcement confirmed a report in the Times newspaper that said he had asked intelligence agencies to gather information on the “philosophy and activities” of the Brotherhood and its potential threat to the UK.
According to the newspaper, Brotherhood leaders had met in London last year to decide their response to the Egypt crisis, triggered when one of its leading members, Mohammad Morsi, was unseated as president
The group has since been blamed by Cairo for orchestrating a campaign of violence.
#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – March 31 – An Egyptian court has banned all activities of Hamas in Egypt, in another sign that security forces are tightening their grip on the Palestinian group that runs the Gaza Strip.
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist group by Egypt’s army-backed government and has faced a security crackdown since the military ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Morsi, from the presidency last July.
The decision harms the image of Egypt and its role towards the Palestinian cause. It reflects a form of standing against
“The court has ordered the banning of Hamas work and activities in Egypt,” the judge, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters news agency.
#AceWorldNews reports that interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour announced a presidential election law on Saturday, setting the stage for polls to take place later this year to elect a new president to replace ousted leader Mohamed Morsi.
The election is seen as a major step to restore order and stability in Egypt after the military deposed of Mosrsi in July.
Army chief Abdel Fattah Sisi has emerged as Egypt’s most popular political figure but has not yet announced his candidacy, though his aides have confirmed that he intends to run.
#AceWorldNews says the trial of former Egyptian leader, Mohamed Morsi, and top officials from his party, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been postponed to February 27.
This time around, the charge is espionage.
Originally scheduled for February 16, the trial was hampered first by Morsi’s defence team resigning due to poor courtroom conditions.
It then ended up with him being behind soundproof glass, without the ability to communicate with his lawyers. The trial has already been dubbed the “biggest case of espionage in the history of Egypt,” and follows a tumultuous political transition, following two government changes in the space of mere months.
The group is being accused of conspiring with outside players to create chaos in the country and derail the peace process. Morsi and the MB party members all plead not guilty.
#AceWorldNews says today ousted Egyptian president `Mohamed Morsi’ appeared in court Sunday, facing charges of conspiring with foreign agencies to carry out terrorist attacks in Egypt.
Prosecutors are calling it “the biggest case of conspiracy in the history of Egypt” and have presented a “terrorist plan” going back to 2005 that implicates Palestinian group Hamas, the government of Iran and the Lebanese political group Hezbollah, Reuters reported.
The court action is seen as a further crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that lifted Morsi to power in the 2012 presidential election.
The Brotherhood has been forced underground since the army took power in July following massive public protests against his rule.
The Egyptian government has declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group and has killed about 1,000 of its members and jailed thousands of others.
A total of 35 people connected to Morsi also face trial.
The Brotherhood, meanwhile, accuses the Egyptian army of staging a coup and restoring a dictatorship, a charge the military brass denies.
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