Cleric allegedly connected to terror in the Philippines reaches Cairo

An Egyptian cleric arrested by Filipino authorities on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities has arrived in Cairo, announcing he was acquitted of all charges. Mohammed Sayed says he was mistreated by Filipino police and soldiers before his release on bail and eventual acquittal in court. The 42-year-old maintains he was only an envoy from Sunni Islam's Al-Azhar university. Sayed was arrested with bomb-making material on December 19 during a raid of a room he was renting in a house owned by a Filipino Islamic preacher in Cotabato city following suspicion he had links with the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah or al-Qaida.