Egypt Watch

Egypt authorities renew detention of Ola al-Qaradawi for 15 days

On Sunday, the state security prosecutor renewed the imprisonment of Ola al-Qaradawi, daughter of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, former president of the World Federation of Muslim Scholars, for 15 days.

Ahmed Madi, a member of Ola’s defence team, said: “The state security prosecution considered renewing the detention of Ola al-Qaradawi, and decided to extend her detention for 15 days.”

The lawyer explained in press statements that “the decision came pending a new case” despite “an earlier decision by the criminal court to release her with precautionary measures.”

Her lawyer pointed out that Ola “has been in solitary confinement constantly for about two and a half years.” She has not been allowed to receive visitors.

The case, in which Ola is accused of joining a terrorist group, is the second case against al-Qaradawi’s daughter since her arrest along with her husband Hossam Khalaf roughly two and a half years ago.

On 30 June 2017, Egyptian authorities arrested Ola and her husband, and their detention has since been renewed periodically.