Life and career
Born in Kafr Al-Teraa Al-Qadimah, Dakahlia
, el-Shater joined the youth wing of the ruling Arab Socialist Union
party at age 16, during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser
. He studied engineering at the Alexandria University
. There he participated in the February 1968 student protests against the government. After serving in the military for two years, el-Shater studied for a master's degree and worked as a lecturer at the Mansoura University
. After the then president Anwar Sadat
's assassination in 1981, el-Shater was exiled as an Islamist dissident, and left for England
. After returning in the mid-1980s, he became an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 1995, he became head of the Brotherhood's Greater Cairo
El-Shater led a successful furniture and textile business with branches in Cairo's luxurious shopping malls, which earned him a fortune of several millions.
He is considered a main financier
and chief strategist of the Brotherhood.
Under the Mubarak regime, he was imprisoned from 2007 until his release by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
in March 2011.
Following the victory of the Freedom and Justice Party
(parliamentary wing of the Muslim Brotherhood) in the 2011/12 parliamentary election
, el-Shater was tipped as a likely candidate for Prime Minister
of a coalition government.
The Middle East researcher Avi Asher-Schapiro considers el-Shater to be a strong advocate of privatization and free market.
Even though he is the nominal number two in the Brotherhood's hierarchy, some consider him its actual leader. In the eyes of many analysts and activists, he is one of the main reasons behind the anti-revolutionary style of politics the MB followed since the fall of Mubarak. He is also claimed to be responsible for the expulsion of the dissident Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh
and his supporters.
On 31 March 2012 the Freedom and Justice Party named him their candidate for the presidential election in May
El-Shater formally resigned from the Brotherhood in order to run for president and to avoid violating the Brotherhood's pledge not to field a candidate. The announcement of Shater's presidential candidacy was a historical first for the 83-year-old group, which originally pledged that none of their members would run for president to calm secular and western governments' fears of a complete Islamist takeover by the group.
Earlier in 2012, Khairat El-Shater had denied any intentions for entering the presidential race on Al Jazeera
, after Ahmed Mansour, host of the show Without Limits
(bilā ḥudūd بلا حدود
), had subtly questioned the sequence of events which later took place on 31 March 2012. The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
barred El-Shater from the presidential race on 14 April 2012, stating that he was only released from prison in March 2011, in violation of election rules stating that a candidate has to be released from prison for 6 years before he can become a candidate.
El-Shater was arrested on 5 July 2013, following the military coup d'état
which unseated the Brotherhood-led government and President Mohamed Morsi
On 14 July 2013 Egypt's military-installed prosecutor general Hisham Barakat
ordered his assets to be frozen.
On 29 October 2013, a three-judge panel at Cairo Criminal Court stepped down from the proceedings, citing "uneasiness" over the trial.
On 11 December 2013, a second panel of judges withdrew from the trial.
On 28 February 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison.
On 16 May 2015, another court issued a preliminary death sentence against him in a separate case. Both verdicts can be appealed.
- ^ Prisoners of Faith Campaign Pack: Muslim Brotherhood - Khairat Al-Shater Archived 4 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Islamic Human Rights Commission, May 2007, retrieved on 2 April 2012
- ^ Gamaledine, El-Sayed (6 July 2013). "Muslim Brotherhood's second-man El-Shater arrested: Security official". Ahram Online. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- ^ a b c Howeidy, Amira (29 March 2012), "Meet the Brotherhood's enforcer: Khairat El-Shater", Ahram Online
- ^ a b c Abul-Magd, Zeinab (13 February 2012), "The Brotherhood's businessmen", Egypt Independent, retrieved 15 February 2012
- ^ a b Asher-Schapiro, Avi (26 January 2012), "The GOP Brotherhood of Egypt", Salon, retrieved 15 February 2012
- ^ "Rached Ghannouchi, Khairat El Shater", The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers, Foreign Policy, December 2011, retrieved 15 February 2012
- ^ a b "Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood fields deputy leader as presidential candidate", The Washington Post, 31 March 2012
- ^ "Egypt: IHRC welcomes release of Khairat Al-Shater", Bikya Masr, 2 March 2011, archived from the original on 2 May 2012, retrieved 15 February 2012
- ^ "Muslim Brotherhood picks members of proposed coalition govt", Egypt Independent, 13 February 2012, retrieved 15 February 2012
- ^ Bar'el, Zvi (14 February 2012), "The Muslim Brotherhood prepares for Egypt's new government", Haaretz, retrieved 16 February 2012
- ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (31 March 2012), "More Confident Brotherhood Names Candidate in Egypt", The New York Times
- ^ "Update: Muslim Brotherhood endorses Khairat al-Shater as presidential candidate". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- ^ "لقاء خيرت الشاطر في برنامج بلا حدود". YouTube. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- ^ "Muslim Brotherhood's second-man El-Shater arrested: Security official". Ahram Online. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- ^ "Asset freeze for Islamist leaders goes into action". Egypt Independent. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- ^ "Judges in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood trial quit". Retrieved 5 December 2017.
- ^ "Update: Mohamed Badie, Khairat el-Shater sentenced to life". Cairo Post. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
- ^ "Egypt court issues preliminary death sentence to Morsi in 'jailbreak case' - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
Last edited on 6 May 2021, at 01:21
Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0
unless otherwise noted.