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Egypt’s Interpol re-sends fugitives' list to several countries

Wed, Jan. 24, 2018
CAIRO - 24 January 2018: Egyptian Interpol sent again on Wednesday red notice lists to several countries to extradite Egyptian fugitives.

Yahya al-Sayyid Ibrahim Musa, spokesman of the Ministry of Health under the Muslim Brotherhood and fugitive based in Turkey, has topped the red notice list due to his charges of assassinating late Attorney General Hisham Barakat and of operating terrorist organizations in Egypt to commit terrorist crimes.

The Egyptian authorities have sent several requests to Interpol to extradite wanted terrorists several times, including those in Qatar and Turkey who were recently designated terrorists by Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This is part of Egypt’s war against terrorism.

The wanted persons were sentenced in absentia for their involvement in acts of violence, terrorism and financing terrorist groups for operating attacks destabilizing Egypt.

The move comes among a deadline set by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain for Qatar to respond to their 13 demands ended on June 27.

Among the most prominent on the list is the Qatar-based Sheikh Qaradawi, dubbed publicly as “the sheikh of suicide bombing.”

The Qatar-based sheikh is already placed on the international Interpol red notice list, at the request of Interpol Iraq, on charges of inciting the killing of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki.

Qaradawi was put on the terrorism watch list after being accused of escaping Wadi El Natrun prison. He gave up his Egyptian citizenship, after inciting violence against Egypt and joining a terrorist organization. He is banned from entering the U.S., UK and France.

Among the other terrorists topping the list are Wagdi Ghoneim, Yehia Hamed, Tareq el Zomor and Ahmed Mansour.

In this regard, Interpol and many other countries have declared support and solidarity toward Egypt, especially since it has achieved distinctive success in combating terrorism and foiling plots against the country.

However, some countries do not have extradition agreements with Egypt, including the United Kingdom. Consequently, after the 2013 ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, affiliated to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB), many MB members fled to the U.K., and it has refused to designate them as terrorists and to deport some of them.
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