Egyptian official calls for dismissal of 230 pro-Morsi imams

An Egyptian ministry official of the post-coup interim government has called for 230 imams known for their support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to be dismissed.

Egyptian official calls for dismissal of 230 pro-Morsi imams

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian official has called for the dismissal of 230 Muslim preachers accused of using mosques in Egypt's Nile Delta Gharbiya province to mobilize support for ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Mohamed Yunis, a senior official at Egypt's Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Ministry, said he had requested that the preachers in question be kept away from the pulpit.

The preachers have already been questioned regarding accusations that they had "used mosque pulpits to campaign for the Muslim Brotherhood [the group from which Morsi hails] and call for pro-Morsi demonstrations," Yunis said.

He added that 22 of the preachers had since been arrested "for using the pulpit to support the Brotherhood and for joining pro-Morsi protests."

"The ministry has repeatedly warned against using mosques for political mobilization," Yunis said.

Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2013, 11:36
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