Thanks to Morsi, Egyptian Islamic Jihad leaders were freed from prison and the ban on the organization was lifted.

Via Egypt Independent:

Sheikh Osama Qassem, a prominent Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, has said that violence is an option to defend President Mohamed Morsy, while also supporting a hardline cleric’s recent fatwa allowing the assassinations of NSF members.

Qassem said in an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm published on Saturday that Islamists would carry weapons to defend Morsy if “saboteurs” continued to attack state establishments.

Qassem is considered the mufti for the once violent Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and spent 25 years in prison after being accused of assassinating the late president Anwar Sadat.

Asked about the latest statement by hardliner cleric Mahmoud Shaaban, Al-Azhar University professor, who had earlier issued a fatwa allowing the killing of NSF leaders, Qassem said that secular figures “deserved” to die.

Qassem added that Sharia allowed the killings, saying that people who protest violently against a ruler were guilty of “Haraba,” a¬†Quranic term defined as committing grievous crimes that “sow corruption and chaos on earth.” Perpetrators are subject to severe punishment such as amputation and, in some cases, execution.