Egypt prepares file on Brotherhood's 'terrorism'

CAIRO – Egypt's Foreign Ministry has asked judicial authorities to prepare a file about "terrorist" activities by the Muslim Brotherhood for presenting it to foreign countries," a judicial source said Saturday.

"The ministry called for preparing a file full of information about charges and trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders," the source told Anadolu Agency.

The move comes two days following a visit by Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird to Cairo, during which he asked Egyptian authorities to provide information about "terrorist" activities by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Baird told a press conference in Cairo Friday that his country seeks to get information to help it decide on a petition to brand the Brotherhood a terrorist group.

An unidentified number of Canadian citizens signed a petition earlier this month for parliament to consider the Brotherhood a "terrorist" movement.

Founded in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has long been described as Egypt's best-organized movement.

The group propelled Mohamed Morsi to victory in Egypt's first free presidential election in 2012, following a popular revolt that ousted autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi was ousted by the army last July after only one year in office following mass protests against his presidency.

Egyptian authorities have since launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, with hundreds of the group's top leaders and members rounded up on violence-related charges – charges they insist are politically motivated.

In December, Egypt's army-backed authorities designated the Brotherhood as a "terrorist" group.

In March, Saudi Arabia followed suit, labeling the movement – along with eight other groups – as "terrorist" organization.

The U.K., meanwhile, recently ordered a review into the "ideology and activities" of the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain with the ostensible aim of "understanding" the movement and its impact on British national security.

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