Cairo - An Egyptian judicial panel advised a court to
dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a legally registered non-governmental
organisation on Monday, posing a legal challenge to the group as the
army-backed government presses a crackdown.
The case brought by Brotherhood opponents is seeking the
dissolution of the NGO registered by the movement in March. The court hearing
the case set its next session for 12 November, judicial sources said.
The movement behind deposed President Mohammed Morsi
formally registered itself as an NGO in response to a lawsuit that argued that
it had no legal status.
The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 and formally dissolved
by Egypt's army rulers in 1954. The judicial panel's recommendation is not
binding on the court.
The Brotherhood operated for decades as a formally outlawed
organisation until veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was deposed in 2011. The
movement then won a series of elections culminating in last year's presidential
The military deposed Morsi on 3 July after mass protests
against his rule. Since then, most of the Brotherhood's top leadership has been
arrested and face charges of inciting violence. Morsi was himself referred to
trial on Sunday on that charge.