Noam Sissi was twice subjected to a public lashing for stealing and warned that his right hand would be cut off if he was caught again…

Abdullah Sissi smuggled books out of a library, saving them from the same fate as manuscripts housed at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Islamic Studies and Research, which was burned by the Islamists as they fled.

He spelled out the repercussions for anyone caught trying to save books or valuable papers.

“They imprisoned people for this and amputated limbs. This was their punishment,” he told Sky News.