Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian cleric Walid Ismail, which aired on Dream 2 TV on June 24, 2013, and a statement made by Egyptian cleric Mazen Sarsawi, which aired on Amjad TV on June 25:
Dream 2 TV, June 24, 2013
Interviewer: You expressed your delight at the killing of [Egyptian Shiite] Sheik Hassan Shehata.
Walid Ismail: Absolutely.
Interviewer: By saying so, you might be accused of being one of the killers.
Walid Ismail: This happiness is shared by the entire Egyptian people.
Another guest: You claim to know what every single Egyptian feels?!
Walid Ismail: The entire Egyptian people is happy at the killing of Shehata. Ask anyone. Hassan Shehata would curse the Prophet Muhammad's companions, and would accuse the Mother of the Believers, 'Aisha, of fornication.
Amjad TV, June 25, 2013
Mazen Sarsawi: We reject the manner in which they were killed. This is not permitted. However we are very happy that they were killed. This is something to be happy about. This is the killing of Allah's enemies, who cursed Allah, His Prophet, and the Prophet's companions.
We forgive the people who did this to that criminal, because they had been provoked. They did this out of zeal. [Shehata] himself and the people behind him bear the responsibility. The criminals who spread this [Shiite] fifth in our country bear the responsibility for this. They provoke the common people.