Wr.: Mahmoud Mohammadi, Tr.: Ahmed Seif EL-Din
Paraguay has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization” that threatens international security and stability, and constitutes a serious violation of the purposes and principles of the United Nations. The Permanent Committee of the Paraguayan Congress approved the decision, which was a draft resolution proposed by Lilián Samaniego, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 45-member Congress.
The decision comes after political analyst Abdelrahim Ali, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Paris (CEMO), published a report titled “The Islamist Octopus: From Central Organization to Secret Networks.” The report indicated the Brotherhood’s organization and activity in several countries, including Paraguay.
Abdelrahim Ali warned that after the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt and the removal of former President Mohamed Morsi, members of the international organization met in Istanbul on July 14, 2013, and approved the group’s new policy, which transformed the Brotherhood into a network without a hierarchy, especially in Europe and America. Since that date, the hierarchical organization has gradually ceded control in favor of establishing a spider network for the group.
Europe has become the incubator and safe haven for the group since the new arrangements were made for the Brotherhood. The apparent fragmentation of the various Islamist groups conceals the leading role of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, which carries a future plan aimed at penetrating Europe.
Abdelrahim Ali has pointed out some of the most important breakthroughs made and still being made by the Brotherhood in the European community. The financial network of the Muslim Brotherhood includes holding and subsidiary companies, ghost banks, and other financial institutions that are spread across “Panama, Liberia, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and Northern Ireland.”
The decision by Paraguay comes amid ongoing discussions in several countries, including Germany, on how to deal with the Brotherhood and its activities, as it has been accused of financing terrorism, extremism, and inciting violence. The group has been declared a terrorist organization by several countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Russia.