An Egyptian Criminal Court has added Islamist group al-Gamaa al-Islamiya and its 164 key leaders and middle level operatives to a list of terrorist entities.
al-Gamaa al-Islamiya is the most prominent partner of the Muslim Brotherhood, which authorities has designated as a terrorist outfit since the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi.
The court ruling also includes putting Tarek al-Zumar, Mohammed Shawki al-Islambouli, both fugitives in Turkey, Assem Abdelmajid, who is in Qatar, and others on the terrorist list for five years.
According to the court’s findings, al-Gamaa al-Islamiya as a “terrorist entity” was established contrary to the provisions of the country’s law with the goal of forcibly changing the regime.
The court also reached its verdict based its decision on the findings of the Supreme State Security Prosecutor’s Office in September, as well as that of the national security sector.
The prosecution and investigation agency primary noted that some members of the terror group are linked to Al-Qaeda while some of their senior members joined the so-called National Coalition to Support Legitimacy of Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey, most notable members includes; Assem Abdelmajid, Tarek al-Zumar, Mohammed al-Islambouli, Assem Diab and Khaled al-Sharif.