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Muslim Brotherhood appeals order seizing funds

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Monday appealing a court verdict [JURIST report] ordering the interim government to seize the group's assets. The decision by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters handed down September 23 declared that its ruling would apply [Bloomberg report] to all organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, including its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party [party website]. The appeal also challenges [Ahram report] the court's establishment of a panel to administer the groups frozen asset. Hundreds of Brotherhood members including senior officials have been detained by the interim government.

Although Egypt has faced political unrest since the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder; Al Jazeera news archive] began over two years ago, the conflict peaked in July after the military deposed president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], suspended the nation's constitution and installed an interim government. In late September JURIST guest columnist Liesel LeCates discussed [JURIST op-ed] whether recent sentences by an Egyptian military tribunal against supporters of Morsi were fair. Also in September Egyptian police arrested a spokesperson [JURIST report] for the Muslim Brotherhood. Earlier that month the government extended emergency laws [JURIST report] put in place in mid-August. Earlier in September an Egyptian court ordered the closure [JURIST report] of four media outlets, including an affiliate of Al Jazeera [news service], for their alleged support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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