'Mashaal urged Saudi king to save ex-Egyptian leader Morsi from death row'

By YASSER OKBI
July 19, 2015 21:00




Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal demanded that Saudi Arabia intervene to stop Egypt from executing former president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi, the Egyptian daily Al-Watan reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the Hamas diplomatic bureau chief urged Saudi King Salman to exert his influence with the Egyptian regime - led by former army head Abdel Fattah el-Sisi - in a bid to spare Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders who are now on death row.

Muslim Brotherhood sources told the newspaper that Mashaal told the  Saudi monarch that “carrying out the death sentences would represent a huge danger to Arab and Gulf countries, since it would embolden extremists, chief among them the Islamic State.”


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