Ahmad Isma'il 'Uthman Saleh

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Ahmad Isma'il 'Uthman Saleh (أحمد إسماعيل عثمان) was a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad who was living in Albania. He was one of 14 people subjected to extraordinary rendition by the CIA prior to the 2001 declaration of a War on Terror.[1] He was charged in the Returnees from Albania trial.[2]

He was ostensibly linked to the 1995 plot to blow up the Khan el-Khalili market, as well as the assassination of Speaker of Parliament Rifaat el-Mahgoub in October 1990.[3][4][5]

He had previously been sentenced to death in absentia in October 1997 by an Egyptian court.[6] Unlike the four colleagues with whom he was arrested, 'Uthman was not returned to Egypt until mid-August; being subjected to electroshock torture and beatings.[2]

Together with the other three Returnees brought from Tirana, his capture and torture were listed as the main reasons for the 1998 United States embassy bombings.[3]

Following the 1999 Returnees from Albania trial, he was executed in February 2000.


  1. ^ Mother Jones, Disappearing Act: Rendition by the Numbers Archived 2009-12-21 at WebCite, March 3, 2008
  2. ^ a b Egyptian Organization For Human Rights, "The Returnees from Albania," April 1999.
  3. ^ a b Victoria Advocate, Bombings connect to mysterious arrests, August 13, 1998
  4. ^ al-Ahram, Military trial for bombing suspects, November 5–11, 1998
  5. ^ 24ur.com, Islamski skrajneži napovedali nove protiameriške napade, February 4, 1999
  6. ^ Human Rights Watch, Black Hole: The 1995 and 1998 Renditions