Al-Qaradawi denies charges in Interpol arrest warrant

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Dec 2014

Youssef El-Qaradawi
Youssef Al-Qaradawi (Photo: Reuters)

Qatar-based Egyptian Muslim cleric Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi denied inciting murder on his Facebook page Monday, after international police agency Interpol issued a warrant for his arrest requested by Egypt.

"I did not kill, and I never incited to murder so that Interpol would put me on the wanted list," Al-Qaradawi said in the statement.

Interpol said the charges as listed by Egypt are "agreement, incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft."

Al-Qaradawi has close links to banned the Muslim Brotherhood and is a staunch critic of former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013.

"Those who killed thousands of innocent people at the Republican Guard headquarters, Manassa, Rabaa, Al-Nahda, Ramsis and others, are known, and are being invited to Western capitals, Russia, the United Nations, just like they are presidents. And there is no consideration for justice or the law," he continues in the statement.

Hundreds of Morsi supporters were killed in August 2013 during the dispersal of Rabaa and Al-Nahda sit-ins and in clashes with security forces at Nasr City's Manassa Memorial and Republican Guard headquarters areas.

Islamists attacks on security personnel since Morsi's ouster have also left hundreds of police and army soldiers and officers dead.

Al-Qaradawi also said in a phone call on Rabaa channel that he cannot possibly have been involved in the storming of prisons in 2011, given his age, 88, and his health situation, as he can only travel with the help of a companion.

The Muslim cleric is the chief of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a Qatar-based union of Muslim academics from across the Islamic world.

The Union recently launched a campaign entitled "Al-Qaradawi is not a terrorist" to support Al-Qaradawi on social media.

Official relations between Egypt and Qatar have deteriorated since Morsi's ouster.

Doha, which enjoys close relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, criticised the ouster and allowed many Muslim Brotherhood members to take refuge in the Gulf nation.

However, Qatar asked in September a number of Brotherhood members to leave the country, following pressure from Gulf States to stop supporting Islamists.

Egypt's presidency said late November that it welcomed efforts by the Council of Gulf Cooperation to mediate a reconciliation between Cairo and Doha. 

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