Attorney-general of Egypt's Supreme State Security prosecution Hisham Badawy decided on Thursday to release former Al-Qaeda member Mohamed Ibrahim Makkawi from custody as long as he was not facing any charges in Egypt.
Cairo International Airport officials arrested Makkawi on Wednesday upon his arrival from Pakistan via the UAE. He was subsequently referred to Supreme State Security prosecutors for interrogation.
Makkawi told reporters on Wednesday that his connection with Al-Qaeda had been severed since 1989 following a disagreement with the infamous terrorist group's leadership. He later joined the Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya in Pakistan.
Makkawi says he decided to return to Egypt to face outstanding charges against him. He said he had officially informed the Egyptian embassy in Pakistan of his plans and that the embassy had issued him with a temporary passport.
Upon his arrival in Cairo, airport security arrested Makkawi on suspicion that he was former Al-Qaeda member Seif El-Adel. Makkawi says he had been mistaken for El-Adel previously, stressing his readiness to face questioning to prove his innocence.