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Egypt advised not to strip Qaradawi of citizenship

December 1, 2016 at 6:17 pm

Egyptian-born cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi attends the sixth annual Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Conference organised by the Jerusalem International Foundation in the Qatari capital Doha on 12 October 2008 [KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images]

Egypt should not strip preacher Yusuf Al-Qaradawi and nine journalists of their nationality, a report by the State Commissioner’s Authority at the Egyptian Council of State said.

Lawyer Samir Sabri filed a lawsuit requesting the men’s Egyptian nationality be revoked as they opposed President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi’s rule.

Journalists in question

  • Wael Qandil
  • Ahmed Mansour
  • Ibrahim Hilal
  • Abdel-Fattah Fayed
  • Ayman Jaballah
  • Mohamed Al-Kaddosi
  • Maher Akeil
  • Zine El-Abidine Tawfiq
  • Salem Mahrooqi

The State Commissioner’s Authority’s report revealed several serious flaws in the lawsuit; mainly the negligence made by the claimant. It therefore considered the petition invalid and rejected the claimant’s requests, news site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed explained.

The report pointed out that the acceptance of such suits would be a threat to fundamental rights.

Over the last year, Egyptian courts rejected claims to drop the nationality of citizens including activist Wael Ghoneim and former police officer Omar Afifi. Courts in Egypt are currently considering cases in which it was requested that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, his Interior Minister Habib Al-Adli and others be stripped of their citizenship.