UAE Said to Have Extradited Wanted Islamic Leader to Egypt

Published June 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A leader of an Egyptian fundamentalist group who was sentenced to death last year has been extradited to Egypt from the United Arab Emirates, a London-based Muslim rights group said Tuesday. 

Yasser al-Serri, head of the Islamic Observation Center, told AFP by telephone that Mohamed al-Zawahri, a leader of the al-Jihad organization and brother of Ayman al-Zawahri, lieutenant of suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden, was extradited in January. 

"He is currently being tortured in an Egyptian jail," Serri said, adding that he had also been questioned by agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Mohamed al-Zawahri, who was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court in April last year, is considered by Egyptian intelligence to be one of the top military chiefs of al-Jihad, which assassinated president Anwar al-Sadat in 1981. 

Serri said his wife and children had arrived in Egypt from Yemen about a month after his extradition and were living normally in Cairo. 

Mohamed al-Zawahri, an engineer by profession, left Egypt in 1979 for Saudi Arabia, where he worked for an Islamic relief agency in Jeddah. He later went to Pakistan to join the resistance to the Russian occupation of Afghanistan - CAIRO (AFP) 


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