CAIRO: Egypt has addressed the Qatari authorities to extradite Egyptian Islamist preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who was sentenced to death by a criminal court May 16 over prison break charges committed in 2011, Assistant to the Minster of Justice Adel Fahmy told Youm 7 Tuesday.
“The international cooperation bureau within the public prosecution prepared official letters for Qatari authorities to extradite Qardawi and other Muslim Brotherhood figures to execute penalties over charges of violence and inciting violence against citizens, police and judiciary,” he said.
“Qatar did not previously accept the Interpol calls to arrest the defendants although both countries, Egypt and Qatar, are signatories to an agreement of exchange of prisoners,” he added.
Qaradwai, former president Mohamed Morsi and other 104 senior Muslim brotherhood figures were sentenced to death over escaping from jail during the January 25 Revolution. Qaradawi has labeled the sentence “worthless.”
The court will uphold or commute the sentence on June 2, after the Grand Mufti sends his unbinding opinion to the judge. The sentence may be challenged before the Cassation Court after that date.
On Jan. 29, 2011, assailants raided Wadi al-Natroun prison, freeing a large number of prisoners, including members of Egyptian, Palestinian and Lebanese Islamist groups. Morsi, who was jailed on remand, was among those who fled the prison.
The defendants include Mahmoud Ezzat, the deputy of the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, Saad el-Katatni, former Speaker of the 2012 People’s Assembly and member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau, Mohamed Beltagy, former Brotherhood Member of Parliament, Essam el-Erian, former Brotherhood MP.