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CAIRO — A panel of Egyptian judges recommended Monday the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, adding momentum to a push by authorities to ban the ousted president's main backer and a pillar of political Islam in the region.

Since the military deposed Mohammed Morsi in a July 3 coup, it has steadily intensified a crackdown on the Brotherhood, Egypt's largest political organization. Hundreds of its members are in detention and facing prosecution, many on charges of inciting violence.

Morsi himself has been held in an undisclosed location since his ouster. On Sunday, state prosecutors charged him with inciting the murder of his opponents. A date has yet to be set for the trial, in which 14 leading Brotherhood members are also charged.

In its recommendation to Egypt's administrative court, the panel of judges accused the Brotherhood of operating outside the law. It also recommended the closure of its Cairo headquarters.

The recommendation is nonbinding for the court, which holds its next hearing on Nov. 12.

Both state and private Egyptian media have adopted the interim government's line on dealing with the Brotherhood since the coup, repeatedly desc


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  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    September 2, 2013 at 5:41 p.m.

    There goes one of Obama's failures!

  • FreeSpiritMan
    September 2, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.

    dddka ......... you forget Obama let THE people get rid of THEIR dictator, Obama let THE people elect Morsi. You probably dont know the US aid is tied to their military and the money MUST be used to purchase weapons from our military inductrial complex of defense contractors. How many lobbist for the defense contractors do you think are for that. And now for the record what would have done different? You don't have a clue.

  • RonalFos
    September 2, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.

    I'm not for any political religious groups because mixing religion and and government destroys both pretty quickly but crushing this group like this is going to be a full time job for the Egyptian military for decades. I don't think it's a very smart move.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    September 2, 2013 at 8:58 p.m.

    Obama "let"? Obama supported Morsi, which was a poor choice again.