Cairo- Egyptian authorities accused on Monday Ola el-Qaradawi, daughter of the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and her husband Hossam Khalaf, a leading member of the Islamist Wasat Party, of providing the Brotherhood with resources from foreign parties, in a reference to Qatar, to finance terrorist operations in Egypt.
Egyptian police detained Ola and her husband for 15 days on Sunday pending investigations on charges of planning terrorist attacks that target security forces.
The Muslim Brotherhood was designated by Egypt as a terrorist group in 2013.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE cut ties with Qatar and accused it of supporting terrorism. The four countries also said 59 individuals and 12 entities linked to Qatar have been added to their updated respective lists of designated terrorist organizations and individuals.
The list included Yusuf Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, who lives in exile in Qatar and is accused by Egypt for his role in instigating people against some Arab and Gulf countries.
Egyptian judicial sources said on Monday that Qaradawi’s daughter holds the Qatari nationality, in addition to the Egyptian passport. She also works at the Qatari embassy in Cairo since several years.
Qaradawi has four daughters and three sons. Ola studied at the University of Texas in the city of Austin in the US.
According to the judicial sources, Ola and her husband are accused of being “members of an illegal organization,” in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Egypt and for “planning terrorist acts against the security of public institutions.”
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt considers the Army as the main obstacle facing its chances to return to power and control the country, which explains the continuous attacks launched by members of the Brotherhood against Egypt’s military institutions.