Family asks Australian government to help man leave Egypt

General view of the Al-Atba district of the Egyptian capital Cairo seen on January 16, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 02 April 2019
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Family asks Australian government to help man leave Egypt

  • Brisbane resident Hazem Hamouda was arrested in Cairo in January last year after arriving there with his family for a holiday
  • Hamouda’s 30-year-old daughter Lamisse Hamouda on Tuesday called on the Australian government to ask for her father to be released

SYDNEY: The family of an Australian man who was detained for a year and is now unable to leave Egypt has called on the Australian government to help get him out of the country.
Brisbane resident Hazem Hamouda was arrested in Cairo in January 2018 after arriving there with his family for a holiday.
Egyptian police accused him of having links to Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in Egypt, and of spreading falsities online — allegations his family denies.
While Hamouda was freed from jail in February this year, Egyptian authorities stopped him boarding a Brisbane-bound flight in Cairo last month, despite Australian consular officials having escorted him to the airport.
Hamouda's 30-year-old daughter Lamisse Hamouda called on Australian leaders to petition Egypt for her father's release.
"We fear he could be rearrested at any point," she said Tuesday.
"We're a bit on tenterhooks at the moment. We just don't want any trouble whatsoever at the airport."
Hamouda's family and his lawyer, Jen Robinson, have asked for the Australian government to provide the maximum level of support possible to help ensure his exit in the near future.
"It would be really great to see a public statement from either Marise Payne or Scott Morrison in support of dad and his safe return home to Australia," Lamisse Hamouda said.
Little information about the allegations against Hamouda was provided to his family members. They've been left to speculate the accusations may be linked to Facebook posts Hamouda made during the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.
Lamisse Hamouda said her father's arrival in Cairo coincided with the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution — Jan. 25 — and that increased security on the day was likely to have brought him to attention of authorities.


Algeria protesters keep up pressure on regime

Updated 42 min 36 sec ago
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Algeria protesters keep up pressure on regime

  • Police forces have been deployed throughout the city
  • People were shouting slogans including "Down with the System!" or "You ate the country, you bunch of thieves"

ALGIERS: Protesters are gathering at the main post office in Algiers, on the ninth straight Friday of demonstrations against the country's leadership.
About 3,000 people had gathered at the Grande Poste, which has been a landmark during the weeks of protests, by 10 a.m. local time.
They were shouting slogans including "Down with the System!" or "You ate the country, you bunch of thieves."
Police forces have been deployed throughout the city.
Earlier this week, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah appointed a new head of the Constitutional Council after the former chief quit under pressure from protesters.
A presidential election has been set for July 4 to choose the successor to president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who stepped down under pressure from the military's chief of staff.