Briton arrested in Egypt for spying charges says he is free

2018-12-11 14:01


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A British-Libyan tourist says Egyptian authorities have released him two weeks after he was arrested over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background.

Muhammed Fathi AbulKasem announced his release in an audio message posted on YouTube on Dec. 8.

He says "I'm not ready to talk right now, but I feel I owe you, due to your support, to inform you I'm out." He says he was held in "an Egyptian hellhole".

AbulKasem was arrested shortly after arriving in Alexandria on November 21 from neighboring Libya "on suspicion of collecting information against the military".

His cousin, Shareen Nawaz, said in a Facebook post that AbulKasem was "cleared of all of the ridiculous charges," without elaborating.

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