CAIRO: Controversial Muslim Cleric Youssef Qaradawi has earned a spot on Interpol’s wanted list, as his capture is sought by Egyptian authorities for murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft.
Qaradawi, along with other 41 figures of Muslim Brotherhood members’ names will be published in “red bulletins” that are regularly distributed to all 190 member states of Interpol.
Qatar, where the 88-year old Islamic cleric resides, is an Interpol member state. All members are obliged to cooperate for his extradition, Assistant Interior Minister for General Security Authority Sayed Shafiq told The Cairo Post, adding that addition of these names is a “positive step.”
Gamal Abdel Bary, the Chief of the Egyptian Police Interpol told Youm7 that adding the names of the Brotherhood fugitives is an “important change in the international community’s view to the banned group members.”
The Muslim Brotherhood has been under a heavy crackdown after the group launched several protests against the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi July 3, 2013. The group was designated as a terrorist group Dec. 25, 2013, and most of its leaders have been sent to jail over charges of inciting violence and killing, while those who fled Egypt are being sought by Egyptian authorities.
Qaradawi chairs the International Union of Muslim Scholars, and he is considered to be an influential Sunni cleric in the region. Fatwas issued by him from Qatar have been seen as pro-Morsi, and he has been a vocal critic of the events of June 30 .
Qaradawi urged Egyptians to boycott 2014 presidential elections, in which current President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi assumed power.
Wagdy Ghoneim, 63, another Islamic preacher supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood group well-known as a fierce critic of the ouster of Morsi, was also placed on the Interpol list. He is accused of premeditated murder, violence acts, torturing and possession of weapons.
Cairo International Airport authorities arrested Saturday Brotherhood leader Ahmed Tharwat el-Refaey after he arrived from Doha, Qatar, as he was on a watch list of the airport. He was then referred to High State Security prosecution, Youm7 reported.
The Interpol list of the Egyptian nationals wanted by judicial authorities includes also business tycoon Hussein Salem, 81, who was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison over charges of profiteering and illegally selling electricity. He is currently residing in Spain. Salem was acquitted last week for graft, but the Attorney General said he plans to appeal the verdict.
Rashid Mohamed Rashid and Yousef Boutros Ghali; two former ministers who served under former President Hosni Mubarak and fleed the country in the aftermath of the January 25 Revolution are also wanted by Egypt and made the list.