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Sherif Hassan Ahmed, a Muslim militant convicted by a military court in December of plotting to overthrow the Egyptian government, was hanged in an Alexandria prison yesterday, Reuter reports from Cairo. He was the first person to be executed in Egypt for a political crime since five militants were hanged in April 1982 for assassinating President Anwar Sadat.