- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Interim governing authorities in Egypt ordered security forces on Tuesday to seize the assets of more than 500 Islamist leaders and Muslim Brotherhood members, the latest in a crackdown on the organization just slapped with the terrorist label.

The Associated Press reported that Abdel-Azzem el-Ashri, a spokesman for the Justice Ministry, said that one of the department’s committees ordered the seizure of all “movable and immovable properties” of 572 leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood. Some of those leaders actually helped oust former President Mohammed Morsi from office and send his family into hiding.

The list of targeted members also included females such as Assa el-Garf and the wife of leader Khairat el-Shater and his daughter, AP reported.

The Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist group by the Egyptian government on Dec. 25.


• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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