The Pharmacists’ Syndicate was put under judicial guardianship on Monday by the Court for Urgent Matters in Abdeen, Cairo, for allegedly being run by high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood members.
Mahmoud Abdel Maqsoud, one of the lawyers who filed the lawsuit said the syndicate leadership was dominated by members of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
“The leadership aimed to apply the group’s agenda not the syndicate’s, as well as using the budget to serve the need of the outlawed group which heavily affected the syndicate’s activities,” Mahmoud Abdel Maqsoud said.
The complaint against the syndicate requesting judicial intervention was filed by four lawyers and several syndicate members, after the Muslim Brotherhood held the majority of assembly seats last March.
“The court’s verdict also called for early syndicate elections, and the general assembly will decide on a date in the coming days,” Abdel Maqsoud added.
Last December, the Independent Current, including many independent syndicate members, ousted the Muslim Brotherhood from the majority of seats in the Doctors’ Syndicate, a body long-controlled by the Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood was officially designated as a terrorist group in December 2013. Their members have been subject to arrests and detainment while staging protests.