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California Muslim Detained in Egypt

On Thursday, July 22, the Southern California
office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will hold a
news conference at which it will call on American and Egyptian authorities
to offer information about the recent detention of a Muslim U.S. citizen in

WHEN: Thursday, July 22, 11 a.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: CAIR-LA’s Office, 2180 W. Crescent Ave., Suite F, Anaheim, Calif.
CONTACT: CAIR-LA, Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847, 714-390-0334, Hussam Ayloush,

According to friends and family members, the 26-year-old resident of Culver
City, Calif., was detained on Friday at Cairo airport by Egyptian security
personnel. He had been in Egypt studying Arabic and was on his way home
when detained. (Family members of the detained man, along with local
community leaders, will attend the news conference.)

CAIR officials have contacted the U.S. Department of State, the American
embassy in Cairo and the Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C., but no
information about the man’s detention has yet been released.

“We are concerned that an American citizen can be detained under mysterious
circumstances by a close ally, and that our own government is not able to
provide any answers,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.
Ayloush said the American Muslim community needs to know why the man was
detained and who is behind his detention.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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