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Egypt Frees Islamic Militant Leader

An Islamic militant group leader who helped plot the assassination of President Anwar Sadat but later expressed regret for the Egyptian leader’s killing has been released from prison after nearly 22 years, officials said Sunday. Karam Zohdy, 51, one of the leaders of Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya, or Islamic Group, was serving a life sentence for being among those who ordered Sadat’s assassination in October, 1981. Zohdy was released Thursday and returned to his hometown of Minya, 140 miles south of Cairo, police officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. In a July interview with the London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat, Zohdy called Sadat a martyr and said he believed the assassination was wrong. He said if he could turn back time, “I would interfere to prevent it.” Zohdy and the group have also renounced violence entirely. Full Story

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