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Controversial preacher detained 15 days over violence charges

Mahmoud Shaaban detained ahead of Islamist protests planned for Friday

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Egypt's public prosecution ordered on Tuesday the detention for 15 days of a controversial ultra-conservative preacher over violence-related charges.

Mahmoud Shaaban was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly inciting violent and terrorist acts, threatening social peace and calling for nationwide Islamist protests on Friday, a judicial source said.

Early in 2013, Shaaban was arrested and later released on bail under deposed president Mohamed Morsi, after issuing a fatwa sanctioning the killing of opposition politicians.

Shaaban was a theology professor at Al-Azhar University, the highest seat of Sunni Islam, but was suspended earlier this month over allegations of "inciting violence" at the university -- a hub of Islamist protests against the authorities.

A video was published on social media websites last month of a speech by Shaaban in which he referred to ISIS as fellow Muslims who had "made mistakes and whom we are obliged to guide and mentor."


 

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