March 19th, 2012
12:54 PM ET

Al Qaeda leader's brother to be freed in Egypt

Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, will be freed from prison in Egypt after 13 years, his attorney said Monday.

He was acquitted by an Egyptian military court and will be released Tuesday, said attorney Nizar Ghorab.

Mohamed al-Zawahiri was imprisoned in 1999 after being detained and extradited from the United Arab Emirates on allegations that he was linked to the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Al-Zawahiri was acquitted on the assassination charges but later was accused of conspiring against the Egyptian government.

He was sentenced to death, but then appealed the ruling.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    I wonder if he has a dent in his forehead, just like his brother.

    March 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    They'd better keep an eye on him.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    Freeeeeee willllly!!

    March 20, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |