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September 4, 2005 | Hossam Hamalawy, Times Staff Writer
Each time he trims his beard, Egyptian cleric Hani Sebai says, he remembers how interrogators burned it after he was picked up by security services in Cairo nearly a quarter of a century ago. After several rounds of detentions, he fled the country with his family. "I knew from the beginning that London was going to be my destination," he said. "I knew the British were famous for defending human rights. We had a very rosy picture of London as a city where the oppressed could find protection."
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September 4, 2005 | Hossam Hamalawy, Times Staff Writer
Each time he trims his beard, Egyptian cleric Hani Sebai says, he remembers how interrogators burned it after he was picked up by security services in Cairo nearly a quarter of a century ago. After several rounds of detentions, he fled the country with his family. "I knew from the beginning that London was going to be my destination," he said. "I knew the British were famous for defending human rights. We had a very rosy picture of London as a city where the oppressed could find protection."
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