A Turkish news portal is reporting that the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina has condemned Interpol’s Red Notice issued for Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi. According to a WorldBulletin News report:
December 10, 2014 A religious body of Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina has condemned the recent Interpol red notice issued to a senior Doha-based Egyptian cleric.
The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina Wednesday condemned the Interpol’s notice issued to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who heads the World Association of Muslim Scholars and is said to be closely linked with the intellectual wing of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood organization.
In a statement issued on the body’s official website, The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina termed the notice ‘an attack on freedom of expression.’
‘You may agree or disagree with Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s political views. However, it is unacceptable to apply pressure on him because of his intellectual ideas or different point of view.
The Islamic Community strongly condemns this action and expresses deep concern about how the Interpol is being used as a tool to restrict freedom of expression,’ the statement said.
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The position of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Qaradawi is no doubt related to its long time leader the former Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric who has for many years served as a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) headed by Qaradawi. In June, The Telegraph in the UK cited the GMBDW as the source for their story on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Brotherhood links of Dr. Ceric, one of the Foundation’s advisors.
Whatever the basis for the Egyptian charges, Youssef Qaradawi is considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were utilized by Hamas to justify their operations. He is also known to have called for attacks on US troops and civilians in Iraq. Last week, the GMBDW reported that Qaradawi had denied the charges against him writing “‘I did not kill and I never incited to murder.”
The GMBDW was the first Western media to report on the INTERPOL Red Notice issued for Qaradawi.
For a profile of Dr. Ceric, go here.