Egyptian court orders release of Sadat assassin

[JURIST] An Egyptian court Tuesday ordered Tarek el-Zomor released from prison for his involvement in the 1981 assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat [CNN profile]. El-Zomor was a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad militant group [Wikipedia backgrounder] which organized Sadat's murder because it disagreed with his Camp David peace negotiations [Wikipedia backgrounder] with Israel. The court order said el-Zomor should have been released after serving 22 years in October 2003. Egypt's Interior Ministry will now decide whether to appeal the order to release el-Zomor, as it did last year, or set him free. The ministry is able to keep prisoners for five years after their scheduled release for security reasons. AP has more.

 

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