Egypt to ask Interpol to arrest Brotherhood figures leaving Qatar
Qatar’s support for the Islamist group has strained relations Egypt and its Gulf neighbors Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE
Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Saturday reportedly called on Interpol to chase exiled Muslim Brotherhood members who are pending criminal investigations as they prepare to flee Qatar.
Egypt has previously requested for international arrests of Brotherhood members involved in the incitement or the triggering of violence in Egypt following the ouster of President Mohammad Mursi in July 2013.
Prosecutor Hisham Barakat has demanded “the renewal of the Interpol red notices against the Brotherhood members, especially those fleeing in Qatar and Turkey,” reported Al-Ahram newspaper’s English portal.
His calls came as reports on Saturday suggested that Qatar has asked senior members of the Islamist group to leave the country.
Several group members and their supporters, who were fugitives in the peninsular state, announced Saturday that their departure was not to cause any problems to Qatar.
Sources told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat that some 29 figuers linked to the Brotherhood are going to leave Qatar. Among them is Essam Telima, a former member of religious cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi's office.
Preacher Wagdi Ghoneim, an outspoken supporter of the Brotherhood, along with Amr Darrag, a former member of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, are also among the departures.
Qatar’s support for the Islamist group has strained relations Egypt and its Gulf neighbors Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
The Brotherhood is decalred a terrorist movement in Egypt, and is blacklisted in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.