Egypt authorities detain Al-Qaradawi’s daughter again

The Egyptian State Security Prosecution has decided to imprison Ola, the daughter of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, former head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, in a new case.

This came a day after the Cairo Criminal Court issued a decision to release her with precautionary measures two years after she was held in pre-trial detention.

“The State Security Prosecution has accused Al-Qaradawi of a new case of joining and financing a terrorist group by exploiting her relationship in prison,” said Ahmad Madi, a member of her defence team. He said she was sentenced to 15 days imprisonment.

Ola’s brother Abdul Rahman announced that she had started a hunger strike after being re-imprisoned.

The son of Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi said that his sister was re-arrested and charged with “exploiting her relations within the prison.” She has been held in solitary confinement for two years.

Amnesty International condemned the decision to detain Ola under a new case, hours after the decision to release her was issued. In a statement posted on Twitter Amnesty considered the judicial decision “unfounded.”

On June 30 2017, Egyptian authorities arrested Ola and her husband Hosam Khalaf, member of the Al-Wasat Party, and accused them of belonging to a group that was found to be in violation of the law (referring to the Muslim Brotherhood) and “planning terrorist operations targeting security and state institutions.”

On Wednesday the Cairo Criminal Court allegedly took precautionary measures against case No. 316 of 2017 and accused Ola of joining a group established contrary to the law.