Egypt wants extradition of Qaradawi

Egypt have summoned Qatar's charge d'affaires over Egyptian cleric Qaradawi.

Egypt wants extradition of Qaradawi

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had summoned Qatar's charge d'affaires to demand the extradition of Youssef al-Qaradawi, one of the most influential Sunni Muslim clerics in the Middle East.

Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said the diplomat was told Egypt wanted Qatar to extradite critics of Cairo's army-backed government, including the Egyptian-born cleric who supports the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Abdelatty told journalists recent comments by Qatar-based Qaradawi, who said Saudi support for the military government was wrong and should be withdrawn, were unacceptable and criticized Doha for its "refusal to handover wanted Egyptians."

Qaradawi faces charges alongside Morsi in connection with a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.

Once close Qatari-Egyptian ties have soured since Cairo's army last July ousted Morsi, who was strongly backed by Doha, following mass protests against his one-year rule.

Egypt then launched a wide crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood group and labeled it a terrorist group.

Some members of the Brotherhood and other opponents of the government fled to Qatar.

The foreign ministry summoned Qatar's ambassador last month after Doha criticized Cairo's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt accuses Qatar and its Doha-based Al Jazeera television channel of backing the Muslim Brotherhood.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Şubat 2014, 16:44