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Arrest of Qardawi’s daughter, son-in-law in Egypt: The list of charges they face

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Egyptian authorities arrested Ula al-Qaradawi, daughter of Islamic hardline cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and her husband Hussam Khalad, a leader of the al-Wasat Party (Center Party), during their stay at an Egyptian resort in the North Coast recently.

The authorities took them to Alexandria’s public prosecution and investigated their involvement in funding terrorist groups and financial support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates.

The prosecution decided to hold al-Qaradawi’s daughter and her husband under custodial investigation for 15 days on charges of financing the Muslim Brotherhood and joining a terrorist group, which aims to obstruct constitutional provision, defies the writ of the government, violates citizens’ personal freedom and harms national unity and peace.

The list of charges also included leading a terrorist group that calls for violation of government establishments and targeting public facilities to cripple the state, disrupting established systems, and knowingly endangering public safety. It also extended to providing the Muslim Brotherhood with financial support from other countries.

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Officials told Al Arabiya that al-Qaradawi’s daughter has a dual-nationality – Qatari and Egyptian – and has worked for the Qatari embassy in Egypt for years.

They said that al-Qaradawi has seven children, four daughters and three sons. His daughters, Elham and Siham, studied Physics at the University of London and Chemistry in a university in England. His other daughter, Ula, studied at the University of Texas Austin and his youngest, Asmaa, in the University of Nottingham.

Elham al-Qaradawi was born on the 9th of September 1959 in Egypt and works as professor of Nuclear Physics at the University of Qatar. Seham al-Qaradawi was born on 5th of September 1960 in Egypt and works as professor of Chemistry. She holds a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in the field from England.

Al-Qadawi’s oldest son Mohamed was born in Qatar in mid-October 1967 and studied in the US. His brother, Osama, was born on 10th February, 1972 and also studied in the US. Al-Qadawi’s son, Abdulrahman, was born on September 18, 1970, and is the only child who has studied in the College of Sharia in Qatar.