Egypt police decline to free detained schoolboy

Abdullah Assem, 17, was arrested in Cairo in late April for allegedly flashing the four-finger "Rabaa salute" commemorating hundreds of anti-coup demonstrators killed last August when security forces violently dispersed two sit-ins in Cairo and Giza.

Egypt police decline to free detained schoolboy

World Bulletin / News Desk

The family of a high school student detained for flashing a hand sign associated with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi said Monday that security agencies in Egypt's southern Assiut province had failed to carry out an order for their son's release.

Abdullah Assem, 17, was arrested in Cairo in late April for allegedly flashing the four-finger "Rabaa salute" commemorating hundreds of anti-coup demonstrators killed last August when security forces violently dispersed two sit-ins in Cairo and Giza.

Assem was also charged with participating in an "unauthorized" demonstration.

On Sunday, prosecutors in Assiut accepted an appeal filed by Assem against a 15-day detention period, ordering his release on bail set at $715.

Nevertheless, the student – who is scheduled to travel to California to represent Egypt at an international technology competition on May 11 – has yet to be freed, his family said.

His father on Monday said he was "stunned" when authorities insisted on keeping Assem behind bars, pending examination of other cases.

"They [security agencies] told us they would continue to hold him pending examination of other cases," the student's dismayed father told Anadolu Agency.

He accused the authorities of intentionally hindering Assem's scheduled trip to the U.S.

Assem was selected to represent Egypt at the global competition after he came up with a new system for allowing disabled persons to use computers without using their hands.

According to an Assiut security source, Assem has also been accused of involvement in the torching of a police vehicle.

The source added that Assem would be subject to a fresh round of interrogation on Monday in relation to the latest charges against him.

Last Mod: 05 Mayıs 2014, 14:32
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