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U.S. Deports Figure in Sadat Killing

June 17, 2002|From Reuters

CAIRO — The United States has deported an Egyptian man convicted in absentia for involvement in the assassination of President Anwar Sadat by Islamic militants, the U.S. Embassy said Sunday.

It said Nabil Soliman, who had been in the U.S. since 1992, was handed over to Egypt on Wednesday.

"This action follows the conclusion of appropriate legal proceedings concerning Mr. Soliman, who was removed for being in the United States illegally," the embassy statement said.

The extradition "is another example of the close U.S.-Egyptian cooperation in the war on terror, demonstrating the American commitment to working closely with our friends and allies to eradicate this scourge," the statement quoted Ambassador C. David Welch as saying.

There was no immediate comment from the Interior Ministry of Egypt.

Sadat was killed by Islamic radicals at a military parade in 1981. Hundreds were tried for planning the assassination, the insurrection that followed it and membership in the group that carried them out.

Islamist figures in Cairo and London said they were not aware of anyone by the name of Nabil Soliman being among the estimated 300 men tried after Sadat's assassination.

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