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Egypt asks Interpol to arrest Gamaa Islamiya leader
Egypt asks Interpol to arrest Gamaa Islamiya leader

Abdel-Maged appeared Saturday on the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network and local media published his pictures while staying in a Doha hotel.

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Egyptian authorities are in contact with the Interpol for the arrest of Gamaa Islamiya leader Assem Abdel-Maged, currently in Qatar, over accusations of incitement to violence.

"Egypt and Qatar don't have an extradition agreement," a judicial source told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

"The Egyptian authorities have contacted Interpol to place Abdel-Maged on the international wanted list so that he would be arrested if he travelled to any state that has an extradition agreement with Egypt," he added.

Abdel-Maged appeared Saturday on the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network and local media published his pictures while staying in a Doha hotel.

This was his first public appearance since Egyptian security forces violently dispersed two major sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured.

Gamaa Islamiya is a major component of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main Morsi support bloc.

Abdel-Maged's presence in Doha is likely to further deteriorate Egyptian-Qatari relations.

Relations have been strained since Morsi's ouster by the military on July 3.

Egypt's interim administration has repeatedly accused Al-Jazeera of siding with Morsi and spotlighting his supporters' demonstrators in its Egypt coverage, an accusation the channel denies.

Qatar was a major supporter and financer of the Morsi regime.



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