Egypt repeats call on Interpol to arrest fugitive Muslim Brotherhood members in Qatar, Turkey

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Jul 2017

Wagdi Ghinem
controversial Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim has repeatedly incited for the murder of security forces personnel and Christians in Egypt and has been handed a death sentence in absentia by a Cairo court (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt has notices to Interpol calling for the arrest of fugitive members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group who are currently residing in Qatar and Turkey, state-run MENA news agency reported, citing a security source.  

The security source told MENA that Cairo has sent Interpol a list of fugitives wanted in Egypt for criminal investigations or have been convicted in criminal cases.

The list includes spiritual leader of the Brotherhood Youssef El-Qaradawi, Islamist preacher Wagdi Ghonem, former investment minister Yehia Hamed, former prime minister Hesham Qandil, leading Gamaa Al-Islamiya figure Tarek El-Zomor, Al-Jazeera presenter Ahmed Mansour and Brotherhood youth figure Ahmed El-Moghier. 

The list also includes Al-Jazeera political analysts Mohamed El-Gawadi and Mohamed El-Qudoussi, journalists Wael Kandil, Alaa Sadeq, Ramy Jan and Selim Azouz, as well as MB leader Ayman Abdel-Ghani, who Cairo says is the mastermind behind the Kataeb Helwan militant group in southern Cairo. 

Since 2014, Egypt has repeatedly called for the arrest of fugitive Muslim Brotherhood members being sheltered in Turkey and Qatar.

Early last month, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE severed diplomatic ties and cut transport links with Qatar in an unprecedented move to isolate the Gulf state over Doha's alleged supporting and financing of terrorist groups.

The Arab countries have presented Qatar with a 13-point list of demands, including that Doha hand over wanted individuals being harboured in Qatar.

The list of demands also includes cutting ties with Iran, halting support for groups such as Hezbollah and Daesh, and shutting down Al-Jazeera TV channel, as well as providing detailed information to the four countries on opposition figures from each of the countries who have received support from Qatar. 

Qatar initially announced its rejection of the demands, though it has recently announced that it is ready to negotiate. 

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