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‘Egypt death sentences violate Islam’

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Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi says the death sentences ruled against himself in absentia and against Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Egyptian president, violated Islamic legislation.

The Egyptian Islamic theologian and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars said that the death sentences handed on by the Egyptian court against more than 100 defendants are not in line with the Islamic law.

“I distance myself from these rulings,” he said in a statement relayed by Al-Jazeera Mubasher, one of Doha-based state-funded channels.

The Qatar-based Muslim cleric added that the sentences “have no value and cannot be implemented because they are against the rule of God and people’s laws and customs.”

“No-one will accept this verdict. It is against people. And who is this judge who has issued the ruling? No-one knows him. How can he sentence 130 people and then send his ruling to a mufti for endorsement? Who is this mufti?” asked Al Qaradawi.

Al-Qaradawi has been sentenced to death in absentia “for inciting people to revolt.”

The recent death sentences ruled on by the Egyptian court have triggered more violence in Egypt. MWN

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