Issam Abdel-Tawab Abdel Alim (عصام عبدالتواب عبدالعليم) was a member of al-Jihad convicted in Egypt's Returnees from Albania case. He was the only member extradited from Bulgaria, following his capture by the CIA in Sofia in July 1998. He was one of 14 people subjected to extraordinary rendition by the CIA prior to the 2001 declaration of a War on Terror.
During his interrogations, he alleged he was frequently tortured; his genitals were repeatedly electrocuted and his right arm incapacitated after being the subject of a "sharpening tool".
At trial, he described how the group begain training its recruits in Yemen in 1990, where they were schooled in Sharia, political history of militant Islamic movements, surveillance techniques and document forgery. He also noted that he had met Muhammad al-Zawahiri in the country.
- Canadian Security Intelligence Service, "Summary of the Security Intelligence Report concerning Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub", February 22, 2008.
- Cageprisoners.com, Ghost: Ahmad Ismail Uthman
- Mother Jones, Disappearing Act: Rendition by the Numbers, March 3, 2008
- Hafez Abu-Saada, "Compiled complaints of Ahmed Osman Saleh, Ahmed Ibrahim al-Naggar, Shawki Salama Attiya, Essam Abdel Tawwab, and Mohamed Hassan Tita", legal document produced by lawyer, 1998
- Sachs, Susan. New York Times, "An Investigation in Egypt illustrates Al-Qaeda's Web", November 21, 2001
- Asharq al-Awsat, شقيق أيمن الظواهري يؤكد أنه على قيد الحياة في أحد السجون المصرية ومقربون منه يتوقعون إعادة محاكمته, February 28, 2004
- United Nations, The Fate of Islamists Rendered to Egypt
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