Egyptian court declares Hamas as terrorist group

An Egyptian court on Saturday listed Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, a month after the group's armed wing was proscribed declaring it a terror outfit.

PTI| Updated: Feb 28, 2015, 20:10 PM IST

Cairo: An Egyptian court on Saturday listed Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, a month after the group's armed wing was proscribed declaring it a terror outfit.

Egyptian authorities have accused Hamas, an offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood, of meddling into the country's internal affairs and supporting Islamist insurgents in Sinai. The group has repeatedly denied the accusations.

The court's decision came a month after the Hamas' armed wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, was banned by the same court, declaring it a terrorist group.

The verdict resulted from two separate private suits filed by two lawyers against the Islamist movement, which controls the Gaza Strip along Egypt's border.

In March last year, Egypt banned Hamas from carrying out any activities on its soil and froze the assets of the group.

Since Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013, the Egyptian government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters.

Egypt has declared Muslim Brotherhood itself as a terrorist group in December 2013.