An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group's funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
"The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it," Reuters quoted the presiding judge Mohammed al-Sayed as saying.
The court ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood's funds and administer its frozen assets.
The military-backed interim government has also arrested several Muslim Brotherhood leaders hours after the court issued the ruling, Press TV reported.
The government is waging the toughest crackdown in decades on the Islamist group, which says it has a million members. Security forces killed hundreds of its supporters and rounded up thousands more since Morsi was deposed by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.
The Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.
Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's toppling of Morsi triggered a political crisis in the Arab world's most populous state, with the Brotherhood insisting that a military coup robbed them of power.
The court decision is likely to drive more Brotherhood members underground and it may encourage young Islamists to take up arms against the state.
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