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Tunisia blogger arrested in Cairo airport

Cairo – May 3rd, 2012

ANHRI condemns the arrest of Aziz Amami, Tunisia activist and blogger, upon
his arrival to Cairo airport to participate in several seminars in Egypt on
the grounds of his participation in protests calling for the overthrow of
military rule in Egypt in front of the Egyptian embassy in Tunisia.

Upon arrival at Cairo airport on Wednesday, May 2nd, Amami's passport was
seized and he was escorted to one of the state security headquarters in
Cairo for interrogation and investigation for several hours. He was
released early next morning.

ANHRI expressed its surprise over the continuation of the police state
policies in the arrest, interrogation, and deportation of activists. Cairo
airport has recently witnessed the arrest and deportation of a number of
Arab activists, especially from Bahrain, in violation of international
norms and conventions on freedom of movement and travel. These incidents
take place without a legal basis or a judicial warrant and in a way that is
worse than that under the rule of Mubarak.

“We condemn the arrest and interrogation of Amami by the State Security in
the strongest possible terms. We believe that the incident is part of the
ongoing policies of the police state following the revolution. It seems
that the authorities have not learned the lesson thus far,” said ANHRI.

ANHRI warns that the continuation of these policies will have dire
consequences on the reputation of Egypt among its Arab neighbours and in
the world as a whole.

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