The brother of al-Qaeda's leader has been acquitted of terrorism charges by an
Egyptian court, overturning a 14-year-old death penalty case.
Mohamed al-Zawahiri was part of a group convicted in 1998 for planning attacks
and belonging to an extremist group.
He is the brother of Ayman al-Zawahiri, who ascended to the number one position
in the terrorist group, al-Qaeda, after Osama bin Laden was assassinated last
year by US forces in Pakistan.
Mohamed al-Islamboli - whose brother, Khalid, was behind the assassination of
former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981 - was also acquitted of charges
related to the same case.
Al-Zawahiri had been held in detention in Egypt, but al-Islamboli has lived in
exile for more than 20 years, only arriving in Egypt following the ouster of
former president Hosni Mubarak last year.
During Mubarak's rule, it was not uncommon for Islamists to be found guilty of
collecting money for Islamist groups and "funding terrorism".
(source: Deutsche Press-Agentur)