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An Egyptian state security court sentenced 14 Muslim militants to up to 15 years in jail with hard labor on March 8 for arson attacks on video shops.
Bars and shops selling alcohol, video tape rental shops and huge street billboards advertising steamy pictures of Egypt’s top actresses are among the targets of the country’s largest militant organization, Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiyya.
Interior Minister Habib Al-Adli repeated previous statements that peace talks with "terrorist elements" is off limits.
Islamist lawyer Montasser el-Zayat, the de-facto spokesman of the Al-Gama’at al-Islamiya, showed dozens of letter of members of Amnesty International calling for a dialogue between the government and the leaders of the Gama’at al-Islamiya in order to avoid more bloodshed among civilians.
Montazar Al-Zayat, lawyer and spokesman of the Gama’at al-Islamiya, requests the Egyptian security authorities to seize the opportunity of the initiative to stop violence.
A high ranking security consultant has assured in a statement to ’Al-Ahali’ that the ’Gama’at al-Islamiya’ is exerting intense efforts with the US authorities for the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the group’s leader who is currently in prison in the US.
In a positive reaction to the Gama’at al-Islamiya’s decision a year ago to stop violence, the Ministry of Interior released last Monday the largest number of detainees this year.
A few days ago the Egyptian Interior Ministry executed the death punishment that was issued by the military court against three members of the Islamic group.
After the issue of national unity provoked by the events of Al-Koshh has somewhat settled down, it is important to review some of the dimensions [of the case] in order to know if there is a conspiracy behind it.
Montaser Al-Zayat announced that leaders of Muslim groups who are jailed in Egypt, agreed to cease armed violence.


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