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Saudi Arabia revamps school curriculum to combat Muslim Brotherhood

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is seeking to purge its school curriculum of any influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and dismiss employees who sympathise with the group, the education minister said. The government will "fight extremist ideologies by reviewing school curricula and books to ensure they are free of the banned Muslim Brotherhood's agenda", Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Issa said in a statement Tuesday. It also seeks to "ban books attributed to the Muslim Brotherhood from all schools and universities and remove all those who…

Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to three years in prison

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to three years in prison along with 19 other defendants on Saturday for "insulting the judiciary," his lawyer said. The other defendants include former members of parliament, activists and three journalists. Morsi had already been sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison in two other trials after the military ousted him in 2013. The defendants had all been charged with making statements deemed insulting to the judiciary. Five other defendants,…

Islamic group rejects terrorism charge by states boycotting Qatar

DOHA: An influential group of scholars has rejected its inclusion in a terrorism blacklist compiled by four Arab countries boycotting Qatar, the Gulf Arab state where it is based. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain added the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) to the list last week, saying it used "Islamic rhetoric as a cover to facilitate terrorist activities." The group, listed along with another entity and 11 individuals, dismissed the move as unacceptable. "These…

Death of Akef, man who transformed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

CAIRO: Former Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who has died in hospital aged 89, helped turn Egypt's Islamist movement into a major opposition force after spending much of his life behind bars. His last spell in jail began in July 2013, after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and jailed his supporters and fellow Brotherhood members. The Brotherhood's now dissolved Freedom and Justice Party once called Akef "one of the historical leaders of the Brotherhood", who served for more than 70…

Egypt court sentences Morsi to 25 years in Qatar spy case

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said. Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule. He was immediately arrested. Egypt’s Court of Cassation reduced Muorsi’s sentence in the Qatar case to 25 years in its…

Popular Saudi cleric banned from Twitter

RIYADH: A Saudi Islamic leader with more than two million Twitter followers has been banned from writing by a court that convicted him of jeopardising public order. Awad al-Qarni, previously accused of links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, was also fined 100,000 riyals ($27,000), Okaz newspaper reported on its website late Thursday. It did not name the "famous preacher" but Qarni himself confirmed the verdict on his @awadalqarni Twitter account late Thursday. "I am prevented from writing" on the account, he wrote,…

Egypt gives life sentences to Brotherhood supporters for 2013 riot

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced two Muslim Brotherhood supporters on Saturday to life in prison and 16 others to 15 years in jail for a violent assault on a Cairo neighborhood in 2013 after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. The attack, which left seven dead, was part of a wave of violence that swept across Egypt after the army removed elected Islamist president Morsi from power in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Since deposing Morsi, the authorities have held mass trials for thousands…

Egyptian court upholds Morsi’s prison sentence

CAIRO: An Egyptian appeals court upheld on Saturday a 20-year sentence for ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the first final ruling in a string of trials for the deposed Islamist leader. The Court of Cassation also upheld sentences against eight of his codefendants, including seven who received the same prison term and one who was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a judicial official said. Morsi had been convicted in April 2015 of involvement in deadly clashes outside the presidential palace during his year in power. His…