Jama’a al-Islamiya protests for release of jailed leader

The family of the Jama'a al-Islamiya leader Omar Abdel Rahman, who is jailed in the United States, staged a protest on Thursday for the fourth time before the US Embassy in Cairo, demanding his release after having served more than 18 years in US prisons.

The family threatened an open sit-in outsidet he embassy if their request is not met.

The family's lawyer demanded Abdel Rahman’s release on grounds of his poor health, and called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to intervene and resolve the problem.

“I will hold the council responsible if my father’s condition worsens, as it has so far not submitted an official request for his release,” said his son Mohamed.

“The Interior Ministry does not mind him coming back,” he added. “His return would strengthen the moderate Islamic trend of Egypt.”

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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