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1. Releasing two Gama’at Al-Islamiya leaders who were accused of assassinating Sadat

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1. Releasing two Gama’at Al-Islamiya leaders who were accused of assassinating Sadat
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2001
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26
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1
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June 30, 2001
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Muhammad Salah
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The Egyptian authority released two leaders of the Gama’at Al-Islamiya who were sentenced to 15 years in the case of Sadat’s assassination. The release came one week before the four-year anniversary of the peace initiative declared by the leaders of the Gama’at Al-Islamiya.

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In a sudden movement by the Egyptian authority, and after 20 years, two leaders of the Gama’at Al-Islamiya who were sentenced to 15 years in the case of Sadat’s assassination were released.


Hamdi Abdel-Rahman and Ismael Al-Bokl headed straight for their homes after their release from Tora prison... This is the most positive step from the state in dealing with radical Islamist movements. The release came one week before the four-year anniversary of the peace initiative declared by the historical leaders of the Gama’at Al-Islamiya who are serving prison sentences in the Sadat assassination case. On July 5, 1997, the group’s Shura [lit. consultancy, the governance equivalent to democracy in Muslim literature, although some scholars think of it lower if compared to Hakimiyya, governance of God.] Council addressed the military wing of the organization to cease all violence and rely on peaceful actions. The infamous Luxor incident took place only a few weeks after the initiative...


Abdel-Rahman and Al-Bokl served their 15 years punishment, and were supposed to be released at a time when fundamentalist violence was still continuing. The-then Minister of the Interior used the authority of the Emergency Status law and decided to keep them in detention.

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