Hezbollah member escapes Egyptian jail

14:46, February 04, 2011      

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Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah confirmed Thursday that a jailed member of its group in Egypt has escaped his prison cell.

Sami Chehab, the leader of a Hezbollah cell in Egypt, has " escaped prison in Egypt and is now safe and sound," Hezbollah politburo member Mahmoud Qomati told reporters in Beirut without further elaboration.

Chehab escaped his cell in the prison in Wadi el-Natroun, 120 km northwest of Cairo.

Chehab and thousands of inmates took advantage of the civil uprising in Egypt to escape their cells.

In 2009, 49 people were charged with plotting attacks against Egyptian tourist sites and vessels as well as of smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip.

Chehab was sentenced to 15 years in prison last April on terrorism charges.

Source: Xinhua
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