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Muslim Brotherhood lodges complaint over the burning of 13 of its headquarters

February 17, 2014 at 1:50 am

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has filed a complaint with the Attorney General against a number of individuals involved in attacking 13 of the organisation’s headquarters and its political division – the Freedom and Justice Party – in a number of Egyptian municipalities.

In the complaint filed on Monday [January 28th], the organisation’s lawyer, Abdul-Moneim Abdul Maqsoud, demanded an inspection of the organisation’s headquarters to establish that it had been burned, and that the Ministry of Interior are given responsibility for carrying out the necessary investigations and taking the statements of those involved.

In the complaint, Abdul-Maqsoud also pointed the finger at groups he considered had exploited the second anniversary [of the January 25 Revolution] celebrations to spread incitement and chaos. He asserted that prior to the celebrations, these groups had used rebellious slogans aimed at provoking chaos and had threatened that the anniversary would bring about the burning of Egypt and the killing of its people and institutions.

He added that, “those involved made attacks on and burned the Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party’s headquarters, which are considered crimes punishable by the Egyptian penal system.” He also pointed out that, “The defendants’ confessions recorded by satellite channels and social networks, confirm that they are a formed and organized gang which aims to attack private property and the personal freedom of citizens, and disturb social peace.”

On the other hand, Ahmad Aref, a spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood, denied the organisation’s intentions to go to the Presidential Palace or Tahrir Square, stressing that his group “feels a sense of national responsibility” and that it was wise to adopt this position.