Jewish jurists appeal Egyptian minister to free Tarabin

September 4, 2012 20:59


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An umbrella group of Jewish lawyers sent a letter this week to Egypt's new Justice Minister calling for the release of imprisoned Israeli Beduin Ouda Tarabin, amid Egyptian reports of a deal underway that would free him in exchange for 83 Egyptians in Israeli jails.

The Egyptians held in Israel are members of Beduin tribes in Sinai, and Israel Radio in Arabic reported that new Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy met in El Arish last week with Sinai Beduin representatives and said that the men will be freed by Id al-Adha, which falls next month.

Winning the release of the 83 Egyptian prisoners in return for Tarabin could be a way, it is believed, for Morsy to improve his relationship and that of the central government in Cairo with the Sinai Beduin.

The letter to Ahmed Mekki from the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ) asked the Egyptian minster to intervene "in the name of justice."  The group enclosed a letter they sent to Morsy upon becoming president in July, to which they did not receive any response.

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