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A general view taken on January 10, 2016 shows members of Egypt’s new parliament meeting during their inaugural session in the capital Cairo (AFP)

Cairo- Egypt is about to pass into law a bill that dismisses civil servants whose names are placed on terrorism lists based on judicial rulings or were involved in violent crimes or murder.

Parliamentary sources said on Sunday that Egypt’s legislature has already drafted the new law, but is waiting to pass it during a new session.

“Parliament, in collaboration with the Central Authority for Organization and Administration (CAOA) and other security apparatuses, is currently preparing a database which includes the names of members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other militant groups,” the sources said.

The sources said that any employee assuming public or parliamentary post is proved to be affiliated to terrorists groups, would be directly referred to court and would be taken to trial and punished accordingly.

Investigative officials said that around 5,000 employees from the “Muslim Brotherhood” currently hold civil servant posts, including some with leading positions.

However, the presence of other employees who are spreading ideologies of ISIS or are affiliated to terrorist groups such as Sinai Province are not yet controlled in the absence of official data to reveal their actual numbers.

In Sinai, the most dominating extremist organization is Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 and called itself Sinai Province. The terrorist group is also known as the “Sinai ISIS.”

Lately, 870 people were arrested for being affiliated with Sinai Province, including civil servants.

For his part, a source at the CAOA, tasked with setting databases of government employees in Egypt, said on Sunday that “preparing a database of employees whose names were placed on terrorism lists aims to achieve stability, to crush terrorist groups and their extremist ideologies, and to uproot the Muslim Brotherhood.”