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Lawyer of Islamic groups retires from political activities

Tuesday 11-07-2017 - 08:49 AM
Khalid Fahmy
Montasser El-Zayat
Montasser El-Zayat
Cairo - Montasser El-Zayat, an Egyptian leading lawyer of Islamic groups, announced his retirement from political, syndicate and media activities.
El-Zayat, who is a prominent rights lawyer and activist, confirmed his retirement in a post on his Facebook page on Sunday, but he did not provide any reasons. 
El-Zayat is a head of “Our Union has Dignity” Union and was a former candidate to chair Egypt’s Bar Association. He also founded a campaign to defend lawyers. 
Hani Dardir, deputy head of Our Union has Dignity, unveiled that the main reasons behind El-Zayat’s retirement were the internal crises of the union, as some dissidents attempt to create divisions and differences to contribute to the failure of the union. 
However, Dardir told “Veto Gate” that El-Zayat suffers from some problems and will overcome them and practice activities once again. 
El-Zayat, born in 1956 in Egypt, is a lawyer, whose former clients included Ayman Al-Zawahiri, leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. 
He also defended Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya (Islamic group), an Egyptian Sunni Islamist movement designated as a terrorist organization by the United States of America, the United Kingdom and European Union.
Following the 1981 assassination of Egyptian former president Anwar Sadat, El-Zayat was among hundreds of detained political activists in Egypt. He was detained for three years from 1981 to 1984, although he was never tried or convicted.

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