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Friday, May 15, 2009

Jailed Islamists in Morocco and Algeria

According to Hespress, hundreds of Islamist prisoners have launched a hunger strike in protest of what they called "arbitrary and summary" detention in the aftermath of the May 2003 attacks in Casablanca. speaking of Islamists in jail, Algerian Islamist Amar Saifi, alias Abderrezak El Para renewed his calls for reconciliation and went as far as repenting for his past actions. In a public letter addressed to his commanders, El Para acknowledges the efforts of GSPC founder Hassan Hattab to end the fighting in Algeria: "I'm sorry for what I have done, and I have prayed to God that those who remain in the underground will feel the same," he writes. "Hassan Hattab's action is laudable, as he has put the interest of the nation, an end to the spilling of Algerian blood and an end to fitna, above all other considerations."

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