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    Shukri Ahmed Mustapha, leader of the extremist Moslem group responsible for the kidnap and murder of former Cabinet Minister Dr.

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    SV Police guards outside prison

    SV Head of Moslem group Shukri Ahmed Mustapha surrounded by newsmen in prison yard

    SV Mustapha starts shouting to newsmen before being hustled back inside

    SV Deputy Minister of the Interior General Nabawi Ismail (speaking in Arabic)

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    Background: Shukri Ahmed Mustapha, leader of the extremist Moslem group responsible for the kidnap and murder of former Cabinet Minister Dr. Mohammed Hussein Zahabi, claimed he and other arrested men were maltreated when he spoke to reporters and photographers at a Cairo prison. At a press conference later, the Minister for the Interior, General Mohammed Nabawi Ismail, said that with the arrest of Mr. Mustapha the Government was closer to crushing the extremist group.

    SYNOPSIS: The leader of the extremist sect, Mr. Mustapha, made a brief appearance before reporters at a Cairo prison, but was not allowed to be interviewed by the press. However, as he was led away he began shouting to them.

    Mr. Mustapha claimed that he and other arrested members of the group were being maltreated in prison. The Government crackdown on the sect follows a threat from the group, to launch a campaign of terror. Their first victim was the former Cabinet Minister, Dr. Mohammed Hussein Zahabi, whose badly tortured body was found on Wednesday (6 July). Mr. Zahabi was a fierce critic of the group. Police say they had found a list of 25 targets for assassination during a search of a Cairo flat
    In an interview later, Deputy Interior Minister, General Ismail, said the arrest of the extremist leader represented the turning point in the Government's efforts to crush the group. The Minister said that before Mustapha's arrest the Government were in a state of what he termed "confrontation" with the sect, but now they were close to completely crushing it. A massive police search of Cairo suburbs has lead to the arrest of one hundred and fifty members of the group claiming responsibility for the murder of the Cabinet Minister as well as two bomb blasts that injured ten people. Mr. Ismail said that Mustapha admitted to the police it was he who personally gave orders for the kidnapping and killing of the former minister.

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