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Brotherhood's Morsi vows to help US-held 'Blind Sheikh'

Presidential hopeful Mohamed Morsi promises to use his term in office to lobby for release of Omar Abdel Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in the US for terrorist activities

Ahram Online, Thursday 17 May 2012
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The Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate, Mohamed Morsi vowed that if he is elected president, he will take up the case of the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in the US for his alleged part in terrorist attacks.

Morsi said that Abdel Rahman's ordeal will be like a "load on his shoulders" and that he will lobby for his release.

Abdel Rahman, a New York based Egyptian citizen and Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya figure, has been held in US-based facilities for his ‘involvement’ in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing. He is also said to have planned the 9 September 2001 attacks on the twin towers and the Pentagon’s headquarters from inside prison.

Since the revolution, his supporters have held repeated sit-ins in front of the American embassy to demand his release and return to Egypt.

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