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Academies Seek Release of Egyptian Scientist

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Science  08 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5523, pp. 1811
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5523.1811a

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Social scientist Saad Eddin Ibrahim was convicted in Cairo on 21 May of misusing foreign funds and defaming the Egyptian government, drawing a prison sentence of 7 years. The presidents of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine sent a plea for mercy to Egyptian President Muhammed Hosni Mubarak on 31 May, saying that Ibrahim did not get a fair trial and asking Mubarak to "immediately and unconditionally" release him.