Ibrahim Ali, a lawyer for Jama’a al-Islamiya, has said the group asked its members who have fled to return to Egypt, now that State Security Investigation Services has been disbanded and the group operates without restriction and has members in Parliament.
“The group has assigned its member Mohamed Yassin Hammam to contact them,” he said.
Ali explained that the group is working on removing all obstacles by checking the sentences issued against the fugitive members and requesting authorization from authorities for their return.
“The authorities are against the return of Mohamed Mokhtar, who lives in London, despite his poor health condition,” he said.
Mohamed Anwar Sadat, chairman of Parliament’s Human Rights Committee, asked the Foreign Ministry to work earnestly on returning Omar Abdel Rahman, the leader of the group, who is serving a life sentence in the United States for his involvement in bombings in New York.
He also appealed to the US Congressional delegation that visited Egypt on Thursday to speed up Abdel Rahman’s release.
Abdel Aziz al-Gamal, a leading figure of the Islamic Jihad group, Mohamed Shawky al-Islamboly, brother of Khaled al-Islamboly who assassinated President Sadat, Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al-Qaeda leader, Alaa Sarhan, Morgan Salem and Sayed Imam, are being retried by a military court end of March in the case known as “The Returnees from Albania.”
Mostafa Hamza, head of the Jama’a al-Islamiya’s Supreme Council abroad, who is accused of attempting to assassinate former President Mubarak in Ethiopia, and who faces three death sentences and a life imprisonment, rejected his retrial.
Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm