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Ahmed Seif El-Islam dies at 63; Mideast human rights advocate
Ahmed Seif El-Islam dies at 63; Mideast human rights advocate

Ahmed Seif El-Islam, a prominent human rights advocate in Egypt and the Middle East, died Wednesday. He was 63. The activist lawyer had been in a coma at an intensive care unit after a heart attack almost two weeks ago. During a long career of activism, Seif El-Islam was arrested no fewer than four times since the 1970s, including two arrests under the rule of former President Anwar Sadat and twice under Hosni Mubarak's rule. His life's turning point came after his arrest and torture at the hands of state security officers in 1983 for taking part in a socialist movement. He was detained for five years and upon his release decided to dedicate his life to human rights causes in...

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