Egypt to Release the Brother of Sadat’s Assassin, MENA Says

Egypt started procedures to release the brother of the assassin of former President Anwar Sadat on health grounds, the state-run news agency reported today.

A military court made the decision after Mohammed Shawky el-Islambouli, the brother of Khaled el-Islambouli, had a “health crisis” during a court hearing yesterday, the Cairo- based Middle East News Agency said. He was arrested last year upon arrival at Cairo International Airport and has appealed a death sentence against him, it said.

Mohamed Shawky el-Islambouli has been released from his prison and transferred to Cairo’s security directorate “to finish his release procedures,” MENA said, citing an unidentified security official. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 and succeeded as president by Hosni Mubarak.

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