February 2, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3555

The Middle East Crisis Part XIV: Al-Zawahiri's Deputy Encourages Egyptians to Stand Fast and Topple Mubarak

February 2, 2011
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 3555

Thirwat Salah Shehatah, previously one of Ayman Al-Zawahiri's deputies in the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) group, issued a communiqué calling on Egyptians to stand fast and topple the Egyptian regime. The communiqué was posted on the website of the Al-Maqreze Center for Historical Studies, which is run by Hani Al-Siba'i, an Egyptian Islamist living in London, as well as on other jihadi websites. According to the Al-Maqreze website administrators, the communiqué was received by email, following years during which the center had had no contact with Shehatah. Shehatah's whereabouts are unknown, they said, but they presume that he is in Afghanistan or in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Shehatah, 51 and a lawyer by profession, was a member of the EIJ's Shura Council. He was jailed several times by Egyptian authorities, and sentenced to death for his involvement in plots against the regime. ...

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