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International Muslim scholars denounce Morsi trial

Scholars group headed by prominent Qatar-based Egyptian cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi calls on army to 'restore legitimacy'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 Nov 2013
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Egyptian Cleric Sheikh Yusuf El-Qaradawi, also chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, gives a speech during Friday prayers at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo November 16, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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A group of prominent Muslim scholars has denounced the trial of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi and called on the country's interim leaders to restore "legitimacy."

The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), headed by cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, said in a statement on Tuesday that Morsi supporters should continue their protests until he is reinstated.

"[The union] calls upon the Egyptian army and its civil associates who led the coup to restore legitimacy and the constitutional institutions that were elected by the people," the statement said.

Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, was deposed by the army on 3 July amid massive nationwide protests against his rule. Since then his supporters have been calling for his reinstatement as the "legitimate" leader of Egypt, saying the army staged a coup against him.

Morsi, along with 14 other Brotherhood figures, are on trial for allegedly inciting the killing of protesters during clashes at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012.

The Islamist leader's first session in court took place on Monday.

The union also called upon Arab, Islamic and international rights organisations to "support the Egyptian people's struggle to reinstate legitimacy and stand against anyone who assaults it."

Al-Qaradawi, one of the most prominent Egyptian Sunni academics in modern history, has come under fire for backing Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, and lambasting the army for his "ouster."

Some scholars at Al-Azhar, Egypt's highest Islamic institution, have called for stripping Al-Qaradawi of his Egyptian nationality.

Security forces have launched a crackdown on the Brotherhood since Morsi's ouster, arresting hundreds of members and putting its leaders on trial, mainly on charges of inciting violence. They also forcibly dispersed two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo in August, leaving nearly 1000 people dead in a wave of violence that followed.

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Allen
07-11-2013 12:11am
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Qatar based???.... SCHOLARS????
Thats all we need to know. Muslim brotherhood written all over it.
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caroline smith
28-01-2014 05:56pm
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well said
the fact that these "scholars" are from Qatar should discount their critical veracity. What about seeking the voice on non MB Egyptian scholars to comment on the trial and its legitimacy. After all this is about Egypt not about Qatar
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Tammy
06-11-2013 09:40pm
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total nonsense!!
Since these scholars & I use that word loosely really approve of morsi & the mbs reign of destruction so much maybe they should let morsi & all of his mb thugs move to their countries & take over & see how long they have a country left..They could all live happy together in a country ran by terrorists & thugs. Really they need to mind their own business & let Egypt do what is necessary to fix the total mess that morsi & the mb made of Egypt.
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Zaman
06-11-2013 02:11pm
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Mr
We love qurdawi what he said is true. Egypt by force govt mustn't insult Egyptian and morsi. The court of Egypt going left side all judges listening USA and Isreal Coz they paying good salary to court
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caroline smith
28-01-2014 06:00pm
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conspiracy theorist!
Understand that your wild conspiracy theories only weaken your argument and make the author of these outrageous i not insane theories only serve to make you look mentally unstable/
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