Egyptian PM condemns fatwas calling for death of opposition leaders

Last Updated: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:04

Johannesburg: Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil has condemned religious edicts by hardline Islamic clerics calling for the killing of Opposition leaders.

According to the state-run media, Kandil said that the government is considering legal action against such clerics.

Kandil also warned that such fatwas could lead to ‘sedition and disturbance’, News24 reports.

The statement comes a day after Egypt`s most prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the National Salvation Front, criticised the government`s silence over the edicts.

A security official says ElBaradei`s home has been put under observation for his protection.

In one edit, ultraconservative cleric Mahmoud Shaaban said the Front`s leadership is "setting Egypt on fire to gain power, and the verdict of God`s law against them is death”, the report said.


First Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:03

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