A criminal court in Cairo has put the opposition and the former Islamist presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul Fotouh and 15 others on its terrorist list for alleged links to the banned group of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian state news agency MENA announced on Tuesday.
Abul-Fotouh was arrested last week, the day after he returned from London, where he had given interviews critical of the government.
The decision on the naming of the terrorism list came at a request from State Security prosecutors after investigations revealed that Abul-Fotouh and the others “led and joined a group created in violation of the law to advance the interests of the Egyptian state harm, “said MENA. in relation to the Muslim Brotherhood group.
Under Egypt’s Terrorism Entity Law, individuals placed on the terrorism list are banned from travel, placed on a watch list and subject to asset freezes. An appeal can be lodged against the nomination decision.
Egypt has labeled the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.