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Sunday 20 April 2014

Muslim Brotherhood assets seized

Egyptian security forces fire tear gas to disperse supporters of Mohammed Morsi as they protest at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo (AP)

The assets of more than 500 leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have been seized, according to senior Egyptian justice officials.

Abdel-Azzem el-Ashri said that a ministerial inventory committee ordered the confiscation of "movable and immovable properties" of 572 Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

The order is part of a wider state crackdown on the Brotherhood, first banned by a court order and then dubbed by the military-backed government as "terrorist" organisation. Authorities have sought to link the movement to a wave of terrorist attacks targeting security forces.

The Brotherhood denies being involved in the attacks and continues to hold near-daily protests demanding the reinstatement of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, toppled in a July 3 military coup after millions rallied against him.

AP

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