CAIRO: Egyptian authorities could strip Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi of his citizenship if his membership in a terrorist group is proven, Assistant Interior Minister Hussein al-Ridy said
“Such measures should be taken in a legal framework,” Ridy added in a statement to Dream TV channel Tuesday.
According to Gamal Elish, a professor of International Law, the Interior ministry has the authority to take the decision to strip citizens of their nationality if they threaten state security from outside of Egypt.
He added in a statement to The Cairo Post, “The decision comes into force after being ratified by the Cabinet, while the condemned citizens have the right to appeal against the decision before a specialized commission.”
Egypt’s Administrative Court delayed the lawsuit filed by former parliamentarian Hamdy al-Fakhrany to strip Qaradawi of his citizenship to Nov.9. It referred the case to the College of Commissioners to provide a legal opinion on the case.
According to Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, Fakhrany claimed that Qaradawi was inciting violence against Egypt and its institutions. He claimed that the preacher’s statements were “seditious” and aim to cause chaos and “harm national security.”
Qaradawi launched a number of controversial fatwas (religious opinions) during the recent months, calling on his supporters to fight against what he described as “the military coup.” He also forbade participation in the coming presidential elections.
On a similar note, the Interior Ministry decided to strip leading Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar and 11 members of his family of their Egyptian citizenship.
The decision was based on security reports documenting the “role of Hamas in undermining the social and economic system of Egypt,” the ministry added in a Sunday press statement.
Zahar condemned the decision, saying it was politically motivated.
“How can I undermine the social system in Egypt?” he asked during an interview on Al-Jazeera TV channel.
Zahar said he expected that relations between his movement and Egypt would witness notable improvement after the coming presidential elections scheduled to be held on May 26 and 27.