Qaradawi group expelled from International Islamic Council

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Dec 2014

Group led by Egyptian Islamic scholar Youssef Al-Qaradawi is expelled from Cairo-based Islamic organisation

Youssef el-Qaradawi
Egyptian cleric Sheik Youssef el-Qaradawi (Photo: AP)

The International Islamic Council on Tuesday expelled a group led by Egyptian cleric Youssef Al-Qaradawi, a sympathiser of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, after Interpol issued a warrant for his arrest.

The council, whose main aim is to promote the message of Islam and charity work, said Qaradawi's International Union of Muslim Scholars, and ten other groups, were dropped because they mix preaching with politics, and support terrorist groups.  

An Interpol arrest warrant was issued for the Qatari-based cleric on Friday, upon Egypt's request, as he is being tried in absentia for charges of "agreement, incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft."

Al-Qaradawi denied the charges on his Facebook page.

"I did not kill, and I have never incited to murder to justify Interpol putting me on their wanted list," Al-Qaradawi said.

Oil-rich Qatar, whose ties with Egypt nose-dived following Morsi's ouster, offered sanctuary to a number of Brotherhood leaders who fled a harsh state crackdown by the post-Morsi authorities.

In recent months, Qatar has asked a limited number of Brotherhood figures to leave the country following months of pressure by other Gulf States to stop its support for Islamists.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, was labelled a terrorist organisation last December.

Following Morsi's ouster in July 2013, most leading Brotherhood members were arrested and are currently being prosecuted for a multitude of charges along with Morsi.


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