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March 7, 2012 1

Dubai Police to Issue Arrest Warrant for Radical Qatar-based Cleric

The chief of police in Dubai announced plans to issue an arrest war­rant for the rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood cleric Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi. The deci­sion comes in response to Qaradawi’s recent crit­i­cisms of the rulers of the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE).
In his March 4th tele­vi­sion pro­gram, “Shariah and Life,” Qaradawi said that UAE lead­ers shouldn’t treat their cit­i­zens like “slaves” and described the lead­er­ship as “…not Gods. They are humans with money.” He also crit­i­cized the UAE’s posi­tion on the upris­ing in Syria and accused the author­i­ties of deport­ing Syr­i­ans who oppose the regime of Pres­i­dent Bashar Al Assad.
Qaradawi, who lives in Qatar, is banned from vis­it­ing the UAE but that didn’t seem to deter him. He specif­i­cally said: “If I can’t go to Emi­rates, then I can talk to them from this platform.”
The UAE is a Gulf state and a mem­ber of the Gulf Coop­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) which also includes Qatar. Qaradawi’s state­ments seemed to vio­late what polit­i­cal observers describe as a “Sheiks’ agree­ment” not to crit­i­cize GCC mem­ber states.

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