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Hamas Ban Case

Court / Presiding Judge

Cairo Court for Urgent Matters

Procedural History

On March 4, 2014, the court issued its ban.


The court banned “organizations or groups branching from, financed or supported by Hamas."

Summary of Reasoning

The court banned Hamas as an organization and its activities, and ordered the sequestration of its offices.

Anecdotal Notes

The ruling was a result of a complaint submitted by lawyer Samir Sabry, who originally asked that the organization be designated as a "terrorist" organization. In 2015, a court did label Hamas as a terrorist organization, but the designation was later canceled after the court declined jurisdiction.

Legal & Judicial Implications

Starting in 2013, the Urgent Matters Court, originally established to be a temporary and immediate court for administrative relief, began to issue political verdicts that some legal scholars argued to be in the purview of the criminal or constitutional courts. The designation by the court came at a time of serious questions regarding the politicization of the judiciary.