Daily Israel Report

Muslim Brotherhood Complains to International Criminal Court

In backlash to Egyptian military crackdown, Muslim Brotherhood approaches ICC. Lawyer: Egyptian 'military regime' can be prosecuted.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 1/7/2014, 8:47 AM

Muslim Brotherhood supporters
Muslim Brotherhood supporters
AFP photo

After months of protests and bloodshed, the Muslim Brotherhood has taken yet another step against the Egyptian military, which ousted its president, Mohammed Morsi, last July: it has filed a complaint against it with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

AFP reported Monday that lawyers for the terrorist group submitted a request by Morsi to make the ICC the ruling power in Egypt - even though Egypt is not a signatory and Morsi is no longer in power. 

They also submitted complaints detailing the military's "crimes" against the Brotherhood, in its wide-ranging crackdown on the group. 

"The message must be sent out clearly to the Egyptian military regime that it runs the risk of prosecution. This is what the declaration accepting the jurisdiction aims to achieve," attorney John Dugard stated to AFP.

The Muslim Brotherhood is already the subject of a court ban by an Egyptian court, following the ouster of the Islamist Morsi. The ban on the group accompanied a campaign by security forces to crush the Islamist movement in which hundreds of its members have been killed and thousands arrested.

Egypt has also frozen the assets of senior leaders of the movement and has arrested dozens of its members since Morsi’s removal, including most of its leadership.

The Brotherhood, despite being blacklisted as a terrorist group by the Egyptian government, has denied again and again that it has anything to do with terror in Egypt and the Sinai desert.  The news comes just hours after reports surfaced that the Brotherhood had planned to recruit a "Revolutionary Guard" capable of enforcing the Brotherhood's rule by force - modeled after the powerful Guard in Iran.