Brother Of Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Zawahri Acquitted Of Terror Charges
March 19, 2012
Reports from Egypt say the brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has been acquitted of terrorism charges by a military court, overturning a 14-year-old death-penalty case.
Mohammed al-Zawahri was part of a group convicted in 1998 of planning attacks and belonging to an extremist group.
He is the brother of Ayman al-Zawahri, who ascended to the top position in the terrorist group Al-Qaeda after last year's killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan.
The court also acquitted Mohammed Islambouli, whose brother Khaled assassinated President Anwar Sadat in 1981.
With AFP and dpa reports
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