Former Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi during his trial for espionage and terrorism in Cairo. (Photo : KHALED DESOUKI / AFP / Getty Images)
Cairo Criminal Court described the suspects as “hostile.” As a result those on the list currently residing in Egypt cannot leave the country and may have their assets frozen. Those loving abroad will likely be arrested on their return.
While the Brotherhood is headquartered in Egypt it has operations on at least 80 countries including the United States.
Figures connected to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood have also been linked more directly to terrorism financing.
In 2008, the Holy Land Foundation was shut down for funneling money to the Palestinian Muslim-Brotherhood-affiliate Hamas.
The trial was the largest terrorism financing trial in American history. Five senior executives of the Holy Land Foundation, at the time the largest Muslim charity in the United States, were convicted of funneling millions of dollars to Hamas. An earlier trial in 2007 was declared a mistrial, and an appellate court upheld the sentences in 2011.
A number of other individuals and organizations, including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) were listed as unindicted co-conspirators at the Holy Land Foundation trial. CAIR grew out of the Islamic Association for Palestine, a group founded by a Hamas member as a way to support Hamas in the United States.
The designation was upheld by a judge, despite a legal appeal launched by CAIR to have it removed, because of “ample” evidence linking CAIR to Hamas.
A large number of documents were submitted as evidence in that trial, including an official document from a 1991 meeting outlining the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic goals for North America.
According to this Explanatory Memorandum, those goals include “establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.”