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Commentator: Al-Zomor’s inclusion in terror lists deals deathblow to Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya

Thursday 15-06-2017 - 12:00 PM
Khalid Fahmy
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Cairo - Egyptian Islamist party faces uncertainty after its leader, residing in Qatar, was named as a terrorist by four countries.

Tarek Al Zomor, the head of the Building and Development Party, the political wing of the militant Al Gama'a Al Islamia, was last week placed on terror lists along with 58 other Islamists associated with Qatar.
The lists were released by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, days after they severed diplomatic ties with Qatar for supporting terrorism.
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Tarek al-Zumar
"The inclusion of Tarek Al-Zomor, head of Islamist Building and Development Party, in terrorism list has signed “death warrant” for the party and Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya ("Islamic Group")," Abdel Shakor Amer, a former leader of the group said. 

Speaking for Al-Bawaba News Portal, Amer said that this step confirms that both the party and Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya are still controlled by extremist thought and will. The Egyptian state and the Political Parties Affairs Committee should take a strong legal stance against the party. 

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Amer added that the party lacks the justifications of its existence due to its unceasing insistence on having figures of violence and leading instigators against the Egyptian state, which was clearly evidenced by putting al-Zomar on the terror lists. 

Al Zomor, 58, was re-elected head of the party in April for a four-year mandate, although he has been living in Qatar since the army’s 2013 overthrow of former Islamist President Mohammad Mursi, following enormous street protests against the latter’s divisive rule.

Al Zomor, a staunch supporter of Mursi’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, is charged in Egypt in several cases related to terrorism and incitement to violence.
Over the past few days, there have been growing calls in Egypt to dissolve the Building and Development Party.
Along with Al Zomor two other party officials — believed to living in Qatar — have also been placed on the terror lists.

They are Asem Abdul Majid and Mohammad Al Sagheer.

A likely successor is Nasser Abdul Salam, who has been steering the party since Al Zomor fled Egypt after Mursi’s toppling, added the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to media.

Al Zomor was arrested in 1981 for involvement in the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Al Sadat. He served 29 years in prison in this case.
In 2013, when demonstrations intensified in Egypt against Mursi’s rule and his Brotherhood group, Al Zomor vowed to “crush” the protesters.

Tarek and his cousin Aboud al-Zomor were convicted of planning the assassination of Egyptian late president Anwar Sadat in 1981, but Tarek was released in 2011 and fled to Qatar about two years later. 

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