A militant convicted in 1981 of conspiring to assassinate Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has been ordered freed by an Egyptian court. Tarek el-Zomor,
45, was due to be released in 2003, but the Egyptian government appealed his release. The court ruled that el-Zomor had completed his sentence.
el-Zomor received the maximum sentence allowed under Egyptian law, 20 years.
CAIRO, Egypt - An Islamic militant convicted in connection with the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was ordered released from
prison Tuesday after a court ruled he had completed his sentence.
Tarek el-Zomor, 45, should have been released in October 2003 after serving 22 years for his part in plotting Sadat's killing during a military parade
in Cairo, the court said in a verdict issued Tuesday.
The Interior Ministry now must either release him or appeal the ruling. The ministry last year successfully appealed a similar order to free
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The Egyptian Interior Ministry can hold someone for up to 5 years for national security reasons. It is unclear if they will do so in this case.
el-Zomor was convicted of plotting to assassinate Sadat, but did not participate in the actual attack. However, he was part of Islamic Jihad which
opposed the 1979 Camp David accords. All of these groups really have ties to a lesser known group who is really way more scary than Al-Qaida or even
Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood. I think releasing him would be a mistake.