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Egypt remands Qaradawi daughter in custody for 45 days

Ola Qaradawi is daughter of Yusuf Qaradawi, the Egyptian-born head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars

30.10.2018
Egypt remands Qaradawi daughter in custody for 45 days

CAIRO

An Egyptian court has remanded the daughter of prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi in custody for a further 45 days pending further investigation into charges against her, according to Egypt’s official MENA news agency.

Along with her husband, Ola al-Qaradawi, 55, was arrested from her home in June of last year by the Egyptian authorities, who later accused her of having links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. 

On Tuesday, a Cairo criminal court ruled to prolong the couple’s detention by an additional 45 days amid accusations that they had helped fund “terrorism”, MENA reported.

The news agency added that 15 other individuals in the same case had also had their detention extended.

Earlier this month, the al-Qaradawi family said that Ola’s health had deteriorated while in detention.

In August, the Egyptian authorities froze Ola’s financial assets, along with those of her six brothers. 

Two months earlier, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain jointly accused 59 individuals -- along with 12 Qatar-based charity organizations -- of having “links to terrorism”. 

The list included the elder al-Qaradawi, who currently serves as president of the Qatar-based International Union for Muslim Scholars. 

The four states, all of which collectively severed ties with Doha last year, accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups in the region -- allegations Qatar vociferously denies.

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