DOHA: Prominent Qatar-based Islamic scholar Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi has condemned the acquittal of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak by a court and said the verdict was a disgrace on the country’s judiciary.
“This is the saddest day in the history of human justice and a disgrace on Egyptian judiciary,” the Egyptian-born cleric, also President, International Union of Muslim Scholars, said in a statement on his website. He said there will be the Court of Almighty God where justice will be served, and on that day suffering will be on the worldly judges who delivered unfair verdicts. He said the military coup in Egypt has not served any humanitarian or national interests and only brought about confusion, corruption, exploitation of resources and confiscation of people’s freedoms.
DUBAI: Al Qaeda yesterday threatened to kill an American journalist it kidnapped in Yemen, mocking as “foolish” a failed bid by US forces to free him. Al Qaeda in Yemen released a video naming the hostage Luke Somers, 33, and said the photojournalist was kidnapped more than a year ago in Sana’a. Nasser bin Ali Al Ansi, of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, threatened in the video to kill Somers in three days if the US failed to meet demands. See also page 5