Egypt court postpones ruling on Brotherhood's legality

By REUTERS
March 26, 2013 17:55

CAIRO - An Egyptian court postponed on Tuesday a ruling on whether President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood is illegal, agreeing to the Islamist group's request for more time to present evidence in a case that has put it on the defensive.

Brought by anti-Brotherhood lawyers, the court case points to the deep antipathy some harbor towards a group that was formally dissolved in 1954 and forced to operate underground until President Hosni Mubarak was ousted two years ago.

The impact of any ruling against the Brotherhood is likely to be more political than practical: analysts find it inconceivable that the state will take any measures against a group that is now at the heart of power.

But such a decision could stir more rancor against the Islamists as they face increasingly violent protests.


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