Culture ministry denies banning Qaradawi works from book fair
Large turnout in the book fair's second day - YOUM7/Islam Osama

CAIRO: Works authored by Qatari-based Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi were removed from Egypt’s 2015 book fair, the Culture Ministry announced Saturday, adding they were not responsible for the removal as they “support the freedom of expression.”

The ministry statement said that visitors to the fair were “provoked” after seeing texts by the sheikh displayed in Al-Shorouk publishing house department, and expressed their objection to the administration, that decided to eliminate these books.

Qaradawi, who is known for his support of the Muslim Brotherhood, is based in Qatar and was listed in December 2014 on Interpol’s wanted list on accusations of murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft.

Egypt previously requested Qatar to freeze the assets of Islamist scholar Youssef Qaradawi for “funding terrorists” in Egypt.

The assets of the controversial cleric allegedly amount to billions of Egyptian pounds in Qatari banks, and he has earned them from donations and foreign funding laundered through a charity in Gharbia governorate in the Delta, Mohamed Yasser Aboul Fotouh, the secretary general of a committee inventorying and managing seized Muslim Brotherhood assets, told Youm7 in early January.

The 46th round of Cairo International Book Fair kicked off Wednesday, inaugurated by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and a number of ministers.

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