Dispute Between Rival Muslim Brotherhood Groups In Jordan Moves To Courtroom

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A Middle Eastern news portal is reporting that the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood is seeking legal action to recover assets transferred to a rival splinter group. According to an Al Bawaba report:

July 28, 2015 The dispute between the new Muslim Brotherhood and the unlicensed group is moving to a new level of complication, with both taking the assets issue to court.

In a statement sent to The Jordan Times, the old guard said they will file a lawsuit to regain their assets that were transferred to the new registered society and have already started with the required procedures for that purpose.

All assets were officially transferred to the new society registered in March this year after the Legislation and Opinion Bureau issued a legal ruling in May allowing the process.

But the unregistered group said it has ‘documents’ proving its ownership of the properties.

Abdul Majeed Thneibat, the overall leader of the licensed group, however, said that if the old guard want to file a lawsuit they should be represented by a registered entity, which is not the case.

‘How will they go to court if they are not licensed?’ Thneibat asked in a phone interview with The Jordan Times.

He added that his society has also started procedures to file a lawsuit against the unlicensed Brotherhood after the latter’s failure to comply with a request to vacate the group’s offices and hand over its belongings to the registered entity.

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The GMBDW reported in March that  the Jordanian government planned to re-designate a Jordanian  Muslim Brotherhood splinter group known as the “Zamzam Initiative” as independent from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood parent organization. We reported shortly thereafter that a Muslim Brotherhood leader in exile had issued a statement disavowing the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood splinter group.  

In March 2014, the GMBDW discussed an article in a UAE newspaper suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was facing an increasingly deteriorating situation and in July 2103, Jordanian media reported that the Jordanian Brotherhood was “in shock” over the deposition of Egyptian. Other recent developments of interest have included:

  • In April 2014, the GMBDW reported that that the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood had expelled three senior members for trying to initiate reforms.
  • In June 2014, we discussed an article that revealed internal conflicts within the Jordanian Brotherhood.Muslim Brotherhood.
  • In December 2014, we reported that the Jordanian government had arrested 21 Muslim Brotherhood members accused of smuggling weapons and money into the West Bank.
  • In February we reported that the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for publicly criticizing the UAE.

For a history of extremist statements made in the past by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, go here.

For an analysis of the relationship between the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the government, go here.

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