Islamic scholars try to end Egypt's violence
Wednesday 14 April 1993
Led by a popular Muslim television evangelist, Sheikh Metwalli al-Sharaawi, the 25-strong group met the Interior Minister, Mohammed Abdel-Halim Moussa, last week after receiving word from militants that they were ready to talk, said Fehmi Huweidi, a writer on Islamic affairs who joined the team.
It was the latest attempt to seek a political solution to the crisis since the unrest, which has killed more than 120 people, flared last year.
The group, which is not affiliated to any organisation, raised the possibility of allowing Islamic political parties and the freeing of militants detained without trial, Mr Huweidi said. Team members will visit militant leaders in Egyptian prisons during the next few weeks.
Islamic leaders and intellectuals known as sympathetic to 'the Islamic wave' had been thinking of an initiative for about three months, Mr Huweidi said. They were encouraged about two weeks ago when lawyers defending militants on trial relayed a message that the extremists were ready to talk.
Publicly, the government has said it cannot talk to extremists who have harmed Egypt's vital tourist industry with attacks on foreigners in a drive to establish a purist Islamic state. The authorities have launched an increasingly bloody series of raids to crush the miltants, killing 29 of them last month alone.
Government officials privately met militants in the Islamic stronghold of Assiut last summer.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established media firm based in Surrey is ...
£40000 - £470000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: Java Developer / J2EE Devel...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£30000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small technology business ...