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Egypt: 2 Bloggers Released and Another Still Disappeared (podcast)

Categories: Advocacy, Legal Threats, Egypt

Two out of the three bloggers who were arrested on July 22, 2009 [1] are now free. Abdel Rahman Ayyash [2] and Magdy Saad [3] were released [4] after six days of arrest at Cairo airport, then sent to State Security Intelligence (SSI) headquarters at Lazoghly Square, (Cairo).

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In this podcast, blogger Abdel Rahman Ayyash tells Global Voices Advocacy about his experience during the arrest:

The other released blogger, Magdy Saad, didn't speak to the media about his detention and his blog has not been updated. But according to Egyptian blogger Abedel Moneim Mahmoud [5], blogging at (Ana Ikhwan [6]- (I'm a Muslim Brotherhood Member):

مجدي سعد 32 سنة أحد الكوادر الطلابية في منتصف التسعينات بجامعة القاهرة وناشط بجماعة الإخوان وسبق اعتقاله مرتين تعرض في الأولي منها للتعذيب علي يد أحد ضباط أمن الدولة بلاظغولي المحتجز به حاليا

Magdy Saad (32) used to be a student activist during the 90s, when he was studying at Cairo University. He is also a Muslim brotherhood member. Mahmoud added that the released blooger was arrested twice. During the first time, he was tortured in the State Security Intelligence (SSI) headquarters at Lazoghly Square, where he was kept this time as well.

Meanwhile, blogger Ahmad Abu Khalil [7], who was arrested on the same day [1], still disappeared. Nobody knows the whereabouts or why he is being arrested.