Tarek al-Zumar

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Tarek al-Zumar is an Egyptian Islamist politician and the secretary-general of the Building and Development Party.[1] The party has a non-political wing named al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya.[1] Al-Zumar was a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad.[2] His cousin is Abbud al-Zumar, who was imprisoned along with him.[3]

Al-Zumar was imprisoned in 1984 following the assassination of Anwar Sadat[2] and was released during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.[3]

Al-Zumar and his cousin received a hero's welcome when they were released from prison before things turned.[4] On 14 July 2013 Egypt's prosecutor general Hisham Barakat ordered his assets to be frozen.[5] Afterwards, al-Zumar fled to Qatar.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Tarek El Zomor elected new secretary general for Building and Development party". Daily News Egypt. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "El-Zomor condemns abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls". Ahram Online. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b Perry, Tom (March 18, 2011). "In free Egypt, Jihad leader says time for gun is over". Reuters.
  4. ^ Watson, Ian; Fahmy, Mohamed Fadel (April 14, 2011). "Sadat's unrepentant killer aims for political future". CNN.
  5. ^ "Asset freeze for Islamist leaders goes into action". Egypt Independent. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2014.