A panel of Egyptian judges has recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political group, from which ousted President Mohamed Morsy hails, according to a judicial official.

The panel said on Monday in a recommendation to Egypt’s administrative court that the Brotherhood has operated in violation of the law.

The recommendation isn’t binding to the court, which holds its next hearing on November 12. It appears, however, a step closer to banning the group, whose legality was disputed even before Mr. Morsy’s ouster.

The Brotherhood has been banned for most of its 85 years, but operated widespread social networks. Facing a slew of court cases questioning its status and funding, it hastily registered in March as a civil association.

The official spoke anonymously as he wasn’t authorised to talk to the media.

More In: World | International | News