Abood Az-Zumar

Abood Az-Zumar is one of the most infamous people convicted of the planning for the assassination of the former Egyptian leader Muhammad Anwar As-Sadaat in the year 1981, he is also considered to be the longest serving political prisoner in Egypt having served nearly 30 years in prison.

He was born in 1947 in the village of Nahiyah in the district of Aljeeza which later became under the district 6 October.

He joined the Egyptian Armed Forces and slowly worked his way up the ranks before he was imprisoned convicted of the assassination of the former president Anwar Sadaat in 1981 during a military parade commemorating the victory of the October 1973 war right after Sadaat signed the Camp David agreement.

He was given 25 years in prison for his involvement for the assassination of Sadaat and another 15 years for attempting to organize the banned group Aljihad.

The Egyptian Judiciary approved the sentencing of March 1982 of Abood Az-Zumar with life in prison and hard labour basing it on the two charges brought against him – aid and abetting the killing of Anwar Sadaat.

On the 6th of January 1985 The former Egyptian president Husni Mubarak approved the sentencing of the criminal court of life in prison for Zumar for all the charges brought against him, with the exception of the charge of his attempt to overthrow the rule of law, for which he received 15 years.


When power of the upper house was surrendered by the Armed forces after the overthrow of Husni Mubarak in the popular revolution of February 2011 a judgment was issued on the 10th of March for the release of 60 political prisoners from the leadership of Islamic Jihad most prominent amongst being Abood and Tariq Az-Zumar.

Az-Zumar’s condition had deteriorated to the point where he submitted his will to the public office that is capable of implementing it.

Abood Az-zumar has until now spent 29 years in prison in accordance to the judgment that was passed against him.
Since 2001 Zumar and his cousin Tariq who was imprisoned with him for the same charges had been locked in a legal battle calling for their release arguing that they had spent sufficient time in prison, but the authorities never gave in to their request until the judgment from the Supreme Council was passed.