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The secret agreement between the government and the Gama’at Al-Islamiya has taken new dimensions following the release of 500 detained since last January in 12 groups.
In a positive reaction to the Gama’at al-Islamiya’s decision a year ago to stop violence, the Ministry of Interior released last Monday the largest number of detainees this year.
A few days ago the Egyptian Interior Ministry executed the death punishment that was issued by the military court against three members of the Islamic group.
Montaser Al-Zayat announced that leaders of Muslim groups who are jailed in Egypt, agreed to cease armed violence.
A statement smuggled out of prison through an Islamist lawyer, signed by 10 so-called historic leaders of the underground organizations Jihad and Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiya, is the latest in a series of the jailed leaders’ appeals for an end to anti-government attacks.
The question has been raised whether the American military strike against what were described as Osama Bin Laden’s bases in Afghanistan on August 17 will force the Taliban movement to clamp down on the Saudi dissident and his Arab-Afghan associates.
The British House of Commons and House of Lords passed new legislation aimed at crushing violent Northern Ireland groups but will also hit terrorists from Egypt in England.
Montasser El-Zayat, generally acknowledged as lawyer and spokesman of the radical Gama’at al-Islamiya, explains in an interview the dynamics within the extremist groups. He asks for a dialogue with these groups.
Montasir Al-Zayat had declared after the Luxor terrorist attack that he will refrain from defending extremists. Lately however the newspapers published that he has returned to work in defense of the Islamists.

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