By Courtney Trenwith
Qaradawi is among 40 senior Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated figures who had warrants for their arrest
Controversial Muslim scholar Yusuf Al Qaradawi has contested an international warrant for his arrest, insisting it is unfair because he has “neither killed anyone nor inciting [sic] murder”.
Al Qaradawi, who is in self-enforced exile in Qatar, is among 40 senior Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated figures who on Saturday had warrants for their arrest issued by Interpol (the International Criminal Police Organisation) following a request by the Egyptian government.
Under President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, the Egyptian government’s allegations against Al Qaradawi include “agreement, incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder, helping prisoners to escape, arson, vandalism and theft”.
Al Qaradawi, who currently serves as the chairman of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, issued a written statement on Monday evening strongly denying the allegations and indirectly pointing the finger at Al Sisi.
"Those who have killed thousands of innocents… are well known [but] they are being received in western capitals, Russia and the United Nations as if they are presidents with no regard for justice or law," he said.
The 88-year-old scholar already is banned from entering numerous countries including the UAE, the US and the UK.
Earlier this year his comments suggesting the UAE was anti-Muslim incited further tensions between the UAE rulers and Qatar. The UAE demanded Al Qaradawi be banned from giving Friday sermons, however Qatar has continued to protect the scholar, including allowing him to remain in the Gulf state while asking seven other senior Muslim Brotherhood members to leave, after pressure from other GCC states.
Qaradawi has previously been accused by Israel and western governments of inciting violence by declaring support for Palestinian bombings inside Israel during the Second Intifada.
Since overthrowing the Brotherhood-dominated government under Hosni Mubarak in July, 2013, Al Sisi has led a campaign against the group, arresting thousands of members in a violent and deadly crackdown, and sentencing several hundred to death.
The coup leaders justified their action by saying that it was mandated by a second popular uprising.
Al Sisi was voted into power in May and sworn in as president on June 8.