Incensed by criticism against the UAE’s decision to revoke the visas of Syrian protesters, Dubai’s police chief has threatened to arrest Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Qaradawi, who condemned the decision as “forbidden” under religious law during a recent appearance on Al Jazeera, said he was appealing on behalf of around 100 families that face expulsion from the UAE after taking part in a February rally against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad outside the Syrian consulate in Dubai.
The UAE government has said the visas of around 30 Syrians were revoked for unidentified political activity unrelated to the demonstration. Human Rights Watch, the campaigning group, has called on the Emirates to reverse the decision…
(Dhahi Khalfan) al-Tamim, the longstanding Dubai police chief, who has recently raised concern over the threat to Gulf states from Islamism and Iran, responded via Twitter, raising questions about Sheikh Qaradawi for his links to political activism. He went on to criticise the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian Islamist organisation.
The chief later asked his Twitter followers to drop the subject.