Egypt accepts retrial for Qaeda chief`s brother

Zawahiri`s brother had been condemned to death in absentia on terror-related charges.

Cairo: An Egyptian military court on Tuesday
accepted a retrial for al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri`s
brother, who had been condemned to death in absentia on
terror-related charges, a military source said.

In March, Egyptian authorities had rearrested Mohammed
al-Zawahiri just days after he was freed under an amnesty for
political prisoners.

He had been one of dozens of political prisoners
released by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
which took power after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in

Officials have not given a reason for his rearrest.
Zawahiri had been in jail since 1999 when he was
transferred into Egyptian custody by the United Arab Emirates
after his arrest there.

An Egyptian court handed down a death sentence against
him in his absence in 1998 on charges of undergoing military
training in Albania and "planning military operations" in

Earlier this month, al Qaeda named Ayman al-Zawahiri,
Mohammed`s elder brother, to succeed its slain leader Osama
bin Laden, killed by US forces in Pakistan on May 2.


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