Funds of Qaradawi, 29 other MB frozen
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CAIRO: The committee tasked with managing and seizing Muslim Brotherhood funds, headed by Advisor Ezzat Khamis, decided on Monday to freeze the funds of 30 leading Brotherhood figures including Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Wagdy Ghoneim, and broadcaster Ahmed Mansour, Al Watan reported.

The committee also notified all related banks and executive bodies of the decision, Al Watan reported. Commenting on the committee’s decision, Mansour tweeted Monday from his account, “I was surprised of the decision issued by Attorney General Hisham Barakat freezing my funds, which is wrong decision.”

Barakat’s decision came following the announcement of the committee, he added.

“After many people fabricated issues about me, Attorney General issued a decision to freeze my funds and property in Egypt. The manager of the bank which I deal with told me that all my funds were frozen,” Mansour tweeted.

A number of technical production and contracting companies owned by Brotherhood group were also placed under government supervision. The International Islamic Relief Organization will address the issue with the prosecution, the committee’s secretary-general Wadea Hanna said Monday in an interview on CBC channel.

Hanna added that “a press conference will be held soon to discuss all the details regarding to the committee’s decision.”

In the meantime, Twitter users launched a campaign against Qaradawi, under an Arabic hashtag translating as “Qaradawi supports terrorism in Egypt,” after he issued a fatwa (religious opinion) that participating in the presidential elections would be sinful.

During a Sunday conference on Jerusalem in Doha, Qatar, organized by the International Union for Muslim Scholars, Qaradawi said that participating in Egypt’s presidential elections would be considered a sinful act, AFP reported.

“Israelis have been happy since Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has been in power, (and) we have seen nothing but death and blood since his arrival,” he added.

In September, a few days before the court ruling that banned the Brotherhood group, the North Cairo Criminal Court upheld Barakat’s decision to freeze the assets of prominent Brotherhood leaders and other Islamist politicians.

Brotherhood leaders whose assists are frozen include Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and his deputies Khairat el-Shater and Rashad al-Bayumi.

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