Egyptian Sheikh behind Mubarak assassination plot released

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Sep 2012

Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya leader Mostafa Hamza, detained for terrorist activity and attempt on Hosni Mubarak's life, released Tuesday by President Morsi's pardon

Egypt's security authorities released, Tuesday, Mostafa Hamza, a prominent radical Sheikh charged with attempting to assassinate former president Hosni Mubarak in Ethiopia in1995.

Hamza, a leading member of Islamic organisation Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, was extradited to Egypt from Iran in 2004. He was detained following terrorism-related charges that included being a member of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Sheikh Nabil Abdel-Motlab, head of the Islamic organisation in Beni Suef, said in a press statement Tuesday, that Hamza was released from Al-Oboor police station in Cairo, adding that he headed home immediately and refused to speak to the media.

Hamza was also charged with bombing a church in the city of Biba in Beni Suef in 1989 but was recently acquitted. At the time, Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiya claimed that the now-dissolved state security had framed him.

Hamza is considered one of the most prominent Islamist figures to be released by President Mohamed Morsi's presidential pardons.

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