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Egypts Irak-ambassadør er blitt dømt til døden fordi Egypt har sviktet islam og gått i allianse med «jøder og kristne», forkynte jihadistenes hjemmeside onsdag.

Ambassadøren er nå overlatt jihadist-kjemperne for fullbyrding av dommen, het det.

The group claiming that it carried out the kidnapping of Egypt’s top diplomat in Iraq said in an Internet posting today that a religious court had convicted him of crimes that are punishable by death.

The diplomat, Ihab al-Sharif, has been handed over to fighters to carry out the sentence, the message, posted on an extremist Islamic Web site, said.

As many as eight kidnappers grabbed Mr. Sharif, on the street late Saturday, pistol-whipped him and muscled him into the trunk of a black sedan before it sped off. On Tuesday, the militant group led by the Jordanian fighter Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said that Mr. Sharif was taken «by the hands of our mujahedeen.»

In the chilling follow-up message today, the Zarqawi group said that Mr. Sharif was guilty of apostasy, or betraying Islam, because Egypt had «allied itself to the Jews and Christians,» according to a translation of the statement by The Associated Press. Apostasy is punishable by death in some fundamentalist versions of Islam.(nytimes)

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