“Blind Sheikh” calls for Saudi meditation to secure release from U.S. prison
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CAIRO: Former leader of Egyptian Gama’a al-Islamiyya Omar Abdel-Rahman called for Saudi mediation to be released from the U.S.’s Butner Medical Center where he is serving a life sentence, his son Ammar told Youm7 Sunday.

“In the last phone call between us and my father, he appealed Saudi King Salman to intervene with the United States to release him and allow him to stay in Mecca until his death,” Ammar said, noting that his father suffers disease and has been kept in solitary confinement for 24 years.

Abdel-Rahman, commonly known as “The Blind Sheikh,” was convicted in 1995 and was sentenced to life imprisonment over involvement of 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Following the January 2011 uprising, dozens of Islamists and clergymen staged protest outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, calling for the release of the Sheikh.

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