A US writer has slammed removing the red notice from Muslim Brotherhood figure Yusuf al-Qaradawi, whose name was on the watchlist of the international police agency Interpol, urging Washington to include his name on the international terrorist list.
In an article published on the The Federalist, Kyle Shideler, who is the director of the Counter-Islamist Grid (CIG) in Washington, warned against the role played by Qaradawi in forming Doha’s policies, which defiantly ignores the international criticism for hosting terrorists and extremists.
“Qaradawi has long been central to the ongoing conflict between Qatar and its Gulf and its Arab neighbors—Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain—who accuse the small peninsula state of harboring and funding Islamist terrorists and insurrectionists who seek to destabilize the region,” Shideler said.
He also considered that removing the red notice is “a win for Qaradawi’s patron, Qatar, which has refused to distance itself from the Muslim Brotherhood cleric despite this intense diplomatic and economic pressure.”
Despite the fact that Qatar updated terror designations last year in response to international criticism, Shideler said “it has stubbornly defended Qaradawi.”
It has not been clear yet if the red notice removal was directly made through mediation from Qatar, according to the writer, who noted that Qatar “defiantly ignores international criticism over its record of playing host and supporter to terrorists and extremists, especially Yusuf Qaradawi.”