Egyptian Justice Minister Says He Would Jail "The Prophet Mohammed" If He Broke the Law, Justice Minister Promptly Fired
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's prime minister sacked Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend on Sunday after he was criticized for saying he would jail Islam's Prophet Mohammad himself if he broke the law.
Zend's comments came in a televised interview on Friday. He immediately said "God forgive me," and on Saturday issued an apology in another interview. It was not immediately clear who would replace Zend, a hardliner and outspoken critic of the Muslim Brotherhood.
"Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued a decree today to relieve Ahmed al-Zend...of his position," a government statement said, giving no more details.