'Issam Abdul-Tawab Abdul-'Alim

Issam Abdel-Tawab Abdel Alim (عصام عبدالتواب عبدالعليم) was a member of al-Jihad convicted in Egypt's Returnees from Albania case. He was the only member extradited from Bulgaria, following his capture by the CIA in Sofia in July 1998.[1][2] He was one of 14 people subjected to extraordinary rendition by the CIA prior to the 2001 declaration of a War on Terror.[3]

During his interrogations, he alleged he was frequently tortured; his genitals were repeatedly electrocuted and his right arm incapacitated after being the subject of a "sharpening tool".[4]

At trial, he described how the group began training its recruits in Yemen in 1990, where they were schooled in Sharia, political history of militant Islamic movements, surveillance techniques and document forgery.[5] He also noted that he had met Muhammad al-Zawahiri in the country.[6]

Held incommunicado from his arrest on July 13 until September 12, he was sentenced to either 10 or 15 years' imprisonment.[7]


  1. ^ Canadian Security Intelligence Service, "Summary of the Security Intelligence Report concerning Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub", February 22, 2008.
  2. ^ Cageprisoners.com, Ghost: Ahmad Ismail Uthman Archived 2010-01-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Mother Jones, Disappearing Act: Rendition by the Numbers, March 3, 2008
  4. ^ Hafez Abu-Saada, "Compiled complaints of Ahmed Osman Saleh, Ahmed Ibrahim al-Naggar, Shawki Salama Attiya, Essam Abdel Tawwab, and Mohamed Hassan Tita", legal document produced by lawyer, 1998
  5. ^ Sachs, Susan. New York Times, "An Investigation in Egypt illustrates Al-Qaeda's Web", November 21, 2001
  6. ^ Asharq al-Awsat, شقيق أيمن الظواهري يؤكد أنه على قيد الحياة في أحد السجون المصرية ومقربون منه يتوقعون إعادة محاكمته, February 28, 2004
  7. ^ United Nations, The Fate of Islamists Rendered to Egypt