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Egypt: French National Released in Egypt

, Index number: MDE 12/027/2009

A French national was released on 22 June, after having spent two months in detention in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. He was deported to France on his release. He told Amnesty International he had been tortured and otherwise ill-treated while in the custody of State Security Investigations (SSI) services in Egypt.

Further Information on UA: 149/09 Index: MDE 12/027/2009 Date: 03 July 2009
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FRENCH NATIONAL RELEASED IN EGYPT
French national [NAME RETRACTED], known as [NAME RETRACTED], was released on 22 June,
after having spent two months in detention in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. He was deported to
France on his release. He told Amnesty International he had been tortured and otherwise ill-
treated while in the custody of State Security Investigations (SSI) services in Egypt.
[NAME RETRACTED], was held by border police at Cairo International Airport for two days following his arrest on 21
April. He was then transferred into the custody of the SSI in Nasr City, Cairo, where he remained until the end of
May. He was then transferred to another facility run by SSI.
Blindfolded and handcuffed throughout this period, [NAME RETRACTED], told Amnesty International he was
tortured and otherwise ill-treated during the first ten days of his detention in the SSI facility in Nasr City. He
reported being stripped naked and subjected to electric shocks while his arms and legs were tied, and stretched. He
was slapped and stood upon, as well as forced to remain standing for hours. [NAME RETRACTED], says SSI
personnel also threatened him with rape. He asked to contact the French consular officials, a right guaranteed in
international law, but was told “Here, even if [French President] Sarkozy himself wanted to come, he couldn’t.” SSI
personnel also threatened that [NAME RETRACTED], would face a military trial in Egypt without a defence lawyer.
[NAME RETRACTED], says he was interrogated about his contacts in Egypt, including people whom SSI suspects of
being involved in terrorism-related activities, and was questioned about his own conversion to Islam. Throughout his
detention, he says he heard many other detainees being tortured.
At the end of May, [NAME RETRACTED], was transferred to SSI headquarters in Lazoghly, central Cairo, where he
says he also heard detainees being tortured with electric shocks, as he could hear the sound of electricity. In mid-
June, he was taken to the Ministry of Interior's passport and emigration office to arrange for his deportation. Whilst
there, he was able to see his family and the French consulate staff.
[NAME RETRACTED], spent the final week of his detention at El Khalifa Prison in Cairo. On 22 June he was taken
to Cairo airport, where he was greeted by his wife and children, and they left the country.
No further action is requested by members. [NAME RETRACTED], has asked us to thank all those who sent
appeals on his behalf.
This is the first update of UA 149/09 (MDE 12/024/2009, 12 June 2009).
Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE12/024/2009/en
Date: 03 July 2009
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Further Information on UA: 149/09, Index: MDE 12/027/2009, Issue Date: 03 July 2009

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