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Jama’a al-Islamiya seeks release of Mubarak’s would be assassins in Ethiopia

The Jama’a al-Islamiya is seeking the release of three members detained in Ethiopia for participating in an assignation attempt on former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 1995 in Addis Ababa, according to leading member Aboud al-Zomor reports the Egypt Independent media. “Efforts for the release of imprisoned members in Ethiopia include legal and political moves” Zomor told London based Al-Hayat Newspaper. In June 1995, Mubarak survived the most famous assassination attempt against him upon arriving at Addis Ababa Airport for a conference of the Organization of African Unity (currently the African Union). Zomor didn’t rule out the possibility that a Jama’s al-Islamiya delegation currently visiting Sudan will request the mediation of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, although he refused to confirm the request. “If the subject was raised during the delegation’s meeting with President Bashir that would be a good thing. I don’t know if it was raised or not but it might have been raised within the framework of preliminary steps to pardon them,” said Zomor. “The lawyers of the organization went to the Ethiopian embassy in Cairo and demanded a pardon request be submitted for three prisoners who have not yet been executed,” Ibrahim Ali, a Jama’a al-Islamiya lawyer, told Al-Hayat.  Representatives from Jama’a al-Islamiya’s Political party tried to meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi during his visit to Cairo in September to discuss the issue but they couldn’t Ali said. 
(The Daily Monitor)