Abboud el-Zomor spent 30 years in Egyptian prisons in connection with the 1981 assassination of former President Anwar Sadat. On Thursday, he smiled as he carried a silver tray with long-stemmed glasses of 7 Up into his family’s living room in a run-down tower block in Giza. Two of his mop-headed grandchildren peered around corner from the hallway.
El-Zomor, 62, openly admits that, while serving as an officer in the Egyptian military intelligence in the 1980s, he was covertly a member of the Gama’a Islamiyya (Islamic Group) in charge of generating a plan to overthrow the government in 1984. He now claims he was against the Sadat assassination not because the killing was wrong, but because the timing was wrong.
But today, even has a new military-backed government barrels forward with a deadly crackdown on Islamists and other opponents, el-Zomor says he is totally opposed to a return to armed insurgency…
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