Egypt's new president vows to work for the release of 'The Blind Sheik'

Mohammed Morsi. Egypt's newly elected president, called for the "humanitarian" release of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born terrorist convicted after the 1993 World Trade Center attack of plotting to bomb several New York City landmarks. New York Times: Mr. Morsi referred briefly to Mr. Abdel Rahman in an almost offhand aside in the context of a vow to free Egyptian civilians imprisoned here after military trials under the rule of the generals. "I see signs for Omar Abdel Rahman and detainees' pictures," he said. "It is my duty and I will make all efforts to have them free, including Omar Abdel Rahman." A Brotherhood spokesman said later that Mr. Morsi intended to ask federal officials in the United States to have Mr. Abdel Rahman extradited to Egypt on humanitarian grounds. He was not seeking to have Mr. Abdel Rahman's convictions overturned or calling him a political prisoner. An Obama administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, shrugged it all...(Read Full Post)