Egyptian prosecutors release Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s daughter after 4 years in jail

Untold India January 1, 2022

ISTANBUL: An Egyptian prosecution decided on Friday to release the daughter of prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi after spending four years in prison. Egypt’s official MENA news agency quoted an unnamed official source as saying that public prosecutors on Friday “decided to release Ola Qaradawi, pending investigations.” “The case includes a number of Brotherhood leaders, as the defendants face accusations of participating in the implementation of terrorist operations targeting the security forces and disrupting the work of state institutions,” the agency said. The case, in which the country’s Public Prosecution Office charged Ola Qaradawi with “joining a terrorist group and financing terrorism,” is the second case against her since her arrest, as well as that of her political activist husband, Hossam Khalaf, more than four years ago. On June 30, 2017, Egyptian authorities arrested the two, with their detention renewed periodically since then. On more than one occasion, Ola’s defense team quoted her assertion during the investigation sessions that she “has not committed any act in violation of the law and that her arrest and detention throughout this period is just because she is the daughter of al-Qaradawi.” Al-Qaradawi, a Qatari citizen of Egyptian descent, is the chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. He has written 120 books and is widely regarded as one of the most influential Muslim scholars in the world.-AA

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Abbas, Putin discuss developments in Palestinian cause

Untold India December 31, 2021

RAMALLAH, Palestine: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the latest developments in the Palestinian cause, according to Palestine’s state news agency WAFA on Thursday. WAFA reported that the phone conversation between the two leaders focused on “the latest developments in the Palestinian cause as well as ways of strengthening the distinguished bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and peoples.” Abbas reiterated the need for a political path to resolve the Palestinian issue “based on international legitimacy resolutions and the necessity of holding a meeting of the International Quartet Committee at the ministerial level.” The International Quartet Committee on the Middle East Peace Process was formed in 2002 and includes Russia, the US, EU, and UN. Abbas also stressed “the importance of stopping the unilateral Israeli practices of settlement (expansion), confiscation of lands, demolishing homes, deporting Palestinians from Jerusalem, abusing prisoners, detaining the bodies of martyrs, and stopping the terrorism of (Israeli) settlers.” “The continuation of these Israeli measures will cause the situation to explode,” he warned. Abbas said the absence of a political path to the Palestinian cause and Israel’s rejection of the two-state solution alongside its “choking of the Palestinian economy” will not go unaddressed. He vowed to take “decisive” decisions on the aforementioned Israeli measures “especially as we are on the verge of holding an important meeting of the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization.” Abbas and Putin agreed on the continuation of contacts between the two sides “on all issues of common interest,” WAFA added. Peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel have stalled since April 2014, due to Tel Aviv’s refusal to stop settlement building, release Palestinian detainees, and evading a two-state solution.-AA

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