Egyptian President Calls for Terrorist's Release

By:  James Heiser
Egyptian President Calls for Terrorist's Release

Newly-elected Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi shocked the Obama administration with a call for the release of the release of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the terrorist associated with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

 In the fiercely contested presidential race in Egypt, Islamist candidate Mohamed Morsi won by a narrow margin, and in his acceptance speech, the new president sounded a note of reconciliation. But with his inauguration into office, Morsi made it clear that he remains true to the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood, and he has vowed to work to free Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a prominent Jihadist terrorist who has been jailed for his crimes.

As reported for The New American on June 25, Morsi’s victory over former-prime minister Ahmed Shafik was only by a narrow margin—51.7 percent—and was followed by the victor making seemingly-magnanimous statements toward those who opposed his election; in Morsi’s words: "I tell everybody in this memorable day, that because of your choice, your will, and after God's favor, I am a president for all Egyptians."

Morsi’s claim to be “president for all Egyptians” was questioned only a few days later, when it became clear that within a day of his election, Shafik was suddenly the subject of a corruption investigation centering on offenses which were alleged to have transpired twenty years ago. As the story was reported Ahram Online:

Less than 24 hours after Ahmed Shafiq lost the presidential contest to Mohamed Morsi, several lawyers have filed complaints with the office of the prosecutor against Mubarak's last prime minister charging him with corruption.

A high-level judicial source said that councillor Osama El-Seidi, a Justice Ministry investigator, will receive this week the report prepared by experts in the Illicit Profiteering and Real Estate Agency who have examined procedures for the allocation of land sold by the Cooperative for Construction and Housing for Pilots, which was headed by Ahmed Shafiq in the 1990's.

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Photo:  Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari, left, meets with newly-elected President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, July 2, 2012: AP Images

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