Recently in Egypt Category
New York, August 11, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by the failure of the Egyptian authorities to shed light on the disappearance of a prominent journalist, five years ago today, in one of the most secure districts in Cairo.
Reda Helal, a senior editor at Egypt’s leading state-owned daily Al-Ahram, mysteriously vanished on August 11, 2003, on his way home from work in a heavily guarded area in the center of the Egyptian capital. Helal, who was then 45, lived in an area in downtown Cairo with important state buildings and diplomatic missions, including the Egyptian parliament and both the British and U.S. embassies.
Ayman Numan, a fifth year student studying in the College of Dentistry at 6th of October University in Egypt, disappeared in Cairo. He has been missing since December 15th, 2006.
Numan’s father, a resident of Saudi Arabia, said that his son disappeared after he was arrested and investigated by an Egyptian police center in Cairo that same day.
His son was driving his car following Friday prayers on December 15th when he became involved in a car accident. The two drivers were detained and transferred to al-Ajoza police center. The prosecutor at al-Ajoza referred Ayman to the doctor because he was confused and in a bad psychological state. However, he was never shown to a doctor and on the next day the prosecutor fined Ayman 200 Egyptian pounds for driving a car without a driver’s or car license.
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Communiqué Minister of the Interior and the Attorney General
Badran Shaaban Ahmed a thirty years old man from a village far from the cities of Fayoum governorate near the desert called Qasr El Basel. He was a coordinator in one of the NGOs for the integrated environment project. On 10/6/2007, his family never heard from him after the his telephone conversation with them telling them that he will return at night.