1,000 Islamic militants freed after ceasefire




By Mark Huband in Cairo

Financial Times, 27 April 1999

Egyptian authorities have released 1,000 Islamic militants in the past three days, after a ceasefire by the largest militant group. Several jailed leaders of the Gama’a al-Islamiyya are thought to be among those released. The jailed leaders, in concert with exiled leaders, called for a ceasefire on March 25, in an effort to end the seven-year battle with Egyptian security forces which has cost 1,300 lives.

Muntassir al-Zayat, the lawyer for the Gama’a al-Islamiyya, played a key role in establishing a dialogue between the jailed and exiled leaders with the aim of securing a ceasefire.


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