Egyptians Responsible for Assassination of Anwar Sadat Released

(November 10, 2005)

Two jailed Egyptians militants who were implicated in the assassination of Anwar Sadat at a military parade on October 6, 1981, were set free after 24 years in prison. Nageh Ibrahim and Fouad el-Dawalibi, both founding members of Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya, at one time Egypt's largest militant Islamic group, were unexpectedly released. A leading Egyptian lawyer said the two men may have been released because they had urged Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya to reach a truce with the government, which was implemented in 1997.

Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya (“The Islamic Group”) was responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 people in the 1990s, including hundreds of tourists. The group also strongly opposed the peace agreement that Sadat brokered with Menachem Begin in 1979.

Source: Jerusalem Post, (November 8, 2005)