Al-Azhar grand sheikh denies reports of rabbi fatwa request

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb on Monday denied news reports that an Israeli rabbi intends to approach him about pardoning former president Hosni Mubarak.

Tayyeb said he has not receive any such correspondence, adding that he would not receive an Israeli figure and does not support Israeli intervention in Egyptian affairs.

Egyptian news reports had claimed that rabbi Ovadia Yosef intends to ask Tayyeb to issue a fatwa about pardoning Mubarak.

Tayyeb emphasized that Egypt has an independent judiciary, and nobody has the right to interfere in its work.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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