Former Muslim Brotherhood General Guide Mehdi Akef has claimed that the Egyptian judiciary under Mubarak was less harsh towards the organization than Egypt’s post-revolutionary courts.
Speaking exclusively to Asharq Al-Awsat in the wake of the controversy that has beset the Egyptian political scene after a top Egyptian judicial panel ruled that the Brotherhood has no legal status in the country and should be dissolved, Akef affirmed that the Brotherhood is officially registered in Egypt as an NGO.
In a non-binding report issued on Wednesday to the Supreme Administrative Court, Egypt’s State Commissioners Authority ruled that the Brotherhood have no legal status in Egypt. Responding quickly to these allegations, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood announced that the organization was registered as an NGO under the name “Muslim Brotherhood Association”.
Media reports subsequently claimed that former Guide Mehdi Akef had been appointed to head this non-governmental organization. He denied these reports, informing Asharq Al-Awsat: “It’s not me, rather my nephew, Mohamed Abdullah Akef, who has been appointed to this position.”
NGOs in Egypt are subject to strict Mubarak-era laws regulating their operations and finances, in addition to prohibition against involvement in politics. NGOs in Egypt are also subject to stringent administrative and financial monitoring by the state. These laws throw the Muslim Brotherhood’s evident presence on the Egyptian political scene into doubt.