Published On: Mon, Feb 11th, 2013

Egypt’s Prosecutor-general orders arrest of cleric of ‘kill opposition leaders’ Fatwa

By Samira Arabi                                                   

Morocco News Tribune


Agadir, Morocco — Egypt’s prosecutor General ordered the arrest of Al-Azhar University professor Mahmoud Shaaban for a fatwa, in which he called for the killing of Egyptian opposition leaders for “attempting to topple the elected president Mursi”.

His controversial statements prompted a wave of condemnations from both a number of  political parties and the public in Egypt.

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and El-Nour Party condemned Chaaban’s fatwa and considered assassinations totally unacceptable.

Mahmoud Shaaban, an Al-Azhar University professor and a fervent preacher who appeared regularly on Al-Hafez channel, issued a religious edict last week calling for the killing of National Salvation Front (NSF) leaders Mohamed ElBaradei and Hamdeen Sabbahi, Egypt’s two powerful political figures.