Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jailed British 'Radicals' Are Freed Early by Egypt; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jailed British 'Radicals' Are Freed Early by Egypt; World at a Glance

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. EGYPT has released three British men who were jailed over their involvement in a radical Islamic group. Ian Nisbet, 28, Reza Pankhurst, 27, both from London, and Maajid Nawaz, 25, from Westcliff in Essex, have been granted early release from their five-year sentences for promoting the Islamic Liberation Party, known as Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Mr Nisbet and Mr Pankhurst, both IT consultants, and Mr Nawaz, a university student studying law and Arabic, were arrested in April 2002.

While they admitted being members of the controversial organisation they denied involvement in any political activity.

They were convicted of trying to revive a banned Islamic group in 2004, along with 23 Egyptians. They claim they were tortured and forced to sign confessions while detained. All three are married with children, and are due to arrive back in Britain today.

Rioters 'threaten to behead US captive'

. ONE of three Americans detained at a Kabul prison today said rioting inmates were holding him in his cell and had threatened to cut off his head.

Edward Caraballo, from New York, said prisoners made the threat on Tuesday, but were afraid of appearing as though they had kidnapped him "so they're backing off".

There have been four confirmed deaths since inmates at the Policharki prison rioted on Saturday.

Authorities today said they planned to shift about 1,000 prisoners in an attempt to end the stand-off.

Deputy justice minister Mohammad Qasim Hashimzai rejected Mr Caraballo's claim that Taliban militants had threatened to behead him if an attempt were made to end the siege by force. "He is not a hostage, he is telling lies to attract world attention," he said, adding that Mr Caraballo, 44, and the other Americans had been offered a transfer, but refused.

They were jailed in 2004 after being convicted of illegally detaining and torturing men in a "freelance war on terror". …

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