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Should pro-Brotherhood Qaradawi be removed from Interpol's wanted list

As Interpol removed Egyptian Islamic scholar and government critic Yusuf al-Qaradawi from its “wanted” list after finding that cases brought against him by Egypt and Iraq are “politically motivated,” observers argue that Qaradawi has supported Qatar and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to destabilize the region.

A US writer has slammed removing the red notice from Muslim Brotherhood figure Qaradawi, 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 al-Qaradawi.”

According to a statement by his lawyer Rodney Dixon QC, all arrest warrants against Qaradawi have now been annulled and he is free to travel.

Qaradawi was sentenced to death in absentia, and Egyptian authorities contacted Interpol to issue international arrest warrants for him.

According to Saudi-backed news site Al-Arabiya, Iraq had accused Qaradawi of inciting for the murder of former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki in 2013.

According to Dixon, Interpol has found that the charges against Qaradawi were “predominately of a political character” and that the trial violated due process, and that extradition to Egypt could preclude a fair trial.

Interpol Warrant

In 2014, Interpol published a notice on behalf on Egyptian authorities accusing Qaradawi of having a hand in a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, among other crimes.

In a telephone conversation with a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated TV channel, Qaradawi responded to the charges by ridiculing his accusers:

“I don’t know what standards Interpol applies (to its work) … How could I have participated in opening up the prisons and freeing prisoners while living in Qatar? I carry a Qatari passport and use it solely for travel. Have I left Qatar during that period? Have I been to Egypt during that period? They can check and find out that I have not. Or maybe I flew invisibly in the sky.”

Al Qaradawi has been a fierce critic of Egypt’s military government, and has also lashed out at Saudi Arabia and the UAE for supporting the regime.
Last Modified: Saturday، 02 February 2019 01:46 PM