Egypt to fasten grip on Muslim Brotherhood

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Egypt on Thursday issued a decision to speed up the implementation of legal penalties against the Muslim Brotherhood after it was blacklisted as a terrorist group months ago, Ahram Online reported.

The interim government urged for enforcing legal penalties against anyone who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, any person who supports it verbally or in writing or in "other ways" and any person who funds its activities, the English-language website said, Al Arabiya reported.

Also, Arab states subject to the 1998 Arab Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism will be notified of the decision.

Egypt has already suppressed the movement putting hundreds of its members, including top leaders, in prison. Last month, a Cairo court gave death sentences to hundreds of its supporters.

The country's clampdown against the group started when a popularly-backed uprising toppled Islamist President Mohammad Mursi on July 3.

Deputy Prime Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who was Egypt's commander-in-chief of the armed forces, is most likely to be the country's future president after Mursi, who belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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