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Egypt seizes assets of Brotherhood leaders

CAIRO — Egypt's interim government has ordered the assets of more than 500 Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist leaders seized — including those of the country's ousted president — as part of an ever-tightening crackdown on the group, judicial and security officials said Tuesday.

Abdel-Azim el-Ashri, a Justice Ministry spokesman, said that a ministerial inventory committee ordered the "movable and immovable properties" of 572 Muslim Brotherhood leaders seized. Another Justice Ministry official said leaders on the list included toppled President Mohammed Morsi and his family, as well as provincial Brotherhood leaders and members of its General Guidance Bureau, which is the group's executive body.

A security official said other Islamist leaders include Assem Abdel-Maged, the head of Gamaa Islamiyah, which waged an antigovernment insurgency against former autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak.

The order is part of a wider state crackdown on the Brotherhood, first banned by a court order in September and declared a "terrorist" organization by the military-backed interim government last week. The court order allowed the government to form the committee that inventoried the group's finances and ordered the confiscation.

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