Palestine Scholars mourn Akef, hail his support for Palestine

Mohammed Makdi Akef

Palestine Scholars Association mourned Mohammed Mahdi Akef, a former supreme guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, who died in a Cairo hospital on Friday at the age of 89.

In a statement on Saturday, the Association said “Akef is a great figure and represents a symbol for patience and steadfastness as well as a model for new generations especially when it comes to his support for Jerusalem, al-Aqsa, Palestine and resistance”.

For their part, the Palestinian resistance factions hailed the role of Akef in confronting some projects aimed at destroying the unity and properties of the Arab and Muslim nation.

The factions described, in a statement on Saturday, Akef as one of the great symbols and key figures of the nation who spent his life defending the Palestinian Question and confronting tyranny and oppression.

Ten months before his death, Akef had been transferred from jail to the hospital in Cairo after deterioration of his health, Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud said. Akef would be buried on Saturday evening, he added.

Akef, who was born in 1928, headed the Brotherhood from 2004 until 2010. He had been arrested and jailed in 2013 after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and jailed his supporters and fellow Brotherhood members.

Akef was accused with a raft of “criminal” charges following the 2013 coup against Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president and a leading Muslim Brotherhood member.

(Source / 23.09.2017)

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