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Saudi university dismisses employees with ties to Brotherhood

The statement did not name the employees or specify their number, but said they included Saudis and foreigners

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Riyadh: A large Saudi public university announced it would dismiss employees suspected of ties to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Security forces have rounded up some 30 clerics in the past 10 days.

The governing council of Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh advised against renewing contracts for employees it said were “influenced by the ideology of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organisation”.

The statement, posted online on Tuesday, did not name the employees or specify their number, but said they included Saudis and foreigners.

The employees’ removal “aims to protect the minds of students and university employees from those deviant, partisan ideas and dangerous, destructive trends”, it added.

Saudi Arabia designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation in 2014. Hardline groups such as Al Qaida and Daesh are also blacklisted.

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