The brother of leading Al-Qaeda terrorist Ayman Al-Zawahiri is being held in Egypt. From AP:
Egypt acknowledged for the first time today that it has in its prisons the brother of Al Qaeda’s No. 2 man, Ayman al-Zawahri, who was sentenced to death in absentia in 1999 and allegedly once led the military wing of Egypt’s Jihad group.
Mohammed al-Zawahri has been thought to be in Egyptian police custody for at least three years, but the Egyptian government never acknowledged it. He was sentenced to death in absentia for his role in Islamic Jihad attacks inside Egypt.
“Mohammed al-Zawahri, brother of Ayman al-Zawahri, is alive and in one of the Egyptian prisons and he will stand trial soon,” Interior Minister Habib el-Adly told reporters today. He did not say when he would stand trial, how long he’d been in custody or who handed him over to Egypt.
Under Egypt’s emergency laws, a suspect can be detained without charges or trial indefinitely.