72. Salafists urge U.S. release of 'Blind Sheikh'

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On 21 April 2011 around 500 salafists protested in central Cairo, urging U.S. authorities to release a veteran cleric imprisoned for life.

They argue that the 18-year detention of 'Umar 'Abd al-Rahman, known as the Blind Sheikh, was due to a plot from the former regime and that he represents moderate Islam.

The U.S. embassy in Cairo released a statement in which it did not respond to the salafists' demand.

'Abd al-Rahman is a blind Egyptian Muslim leader who is currently serving a life sentence in the United States. He was convicted of seditious conspiracy.

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