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Editorial supervisor, Dr. Helmy Guirguis
Dr. Helmy Guirguis 71, the president of the UK Copts, passed away on the 31 of January, 2015 after a struggle with illness. UK Copts mourns its founder and leader. He is a leader that touched so many by his life and has been fighting for the coptic case till his last breath. The commemoration mass for his 40th day will be held on Sunday 15th of March, 2014 starting 8 AM in Saint Mary and Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Centre of Birmingham (Lapworth) .For commiserations, please send us an email to

Egypt Releases 135 Islamic Extremists

The Associated Press
Monday, May 21, 2007

CAIRO, Egypt -- About 135 Muslim extremists who spent more than a decade in Egyptian prisons have been released after signing statements renouncing violence, police said Monday.

The prisoners all belonged to al-Jihad, a group once headed by al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman Al-Zawahri. Egypt began releasing them two weeks ago, police officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Al-Jihad and the al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya group were both were accused of participating in the 1981 assassination of President Anwar al-Sadat. Al-Zawahri was jailed for his involvement in the assassination, but was released in 1984. He left Egypt and helped form al-Qaida with Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s.

Neither al-Jihad or al-Gamaa have been involved in attacks in Egypt since the 1990s.

Al-Gamaa first proposed a unilateral cease-fire in 1997 that went into effect in 1999. Most of its leaders, as well as hundreds of its members, have since been freed from prison.

Al-Jihad has long opposed reconsidering its radical views. But a few months ago, the group's jailed top ideologue, Sayed Imam Abdul-Aziz el-Sherif, led a review of al-Jihad's ideology and concluded it should unequivocally renounce violence.

El-Sherif, 57, left Egypt in 1986 to go to Afghanistan. He later wound up in Yemen where he was arrested in 2001 and handed over to Egypt in 2004. He is serving a life sentence and was not one of the militants released.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of militants from al-Jihad and al-Gamaa are still believed to be in prison, along with members of smaller networks. Egypt has never disclosed an official figure of militants or political inmates in its prisons.


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