The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) announced today that a Muslim U.S. citizen held in Egypt since last Friday has been released.
Officials with the Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C., told CAIR that Culver City, Calif., resident Abdul Ghafoor Mahboob, 26, is reportedly on his way back to the United States.
The news of Mahboob’s release came one hour before CAIR-LA held a press
conference to protest his detention and call for his immediate release.
Yesterday, CAIR-LA called on the U.S. and Egyptian governments to release
information about Mahboob’s detention. CAIR officials had been in contact
with the U.S. Department of State, the American embassy in Cairo and the
Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C.
“We thank all those who assisted in resolving this case, particularly
members of the Southern California Muslim community, officials at the
Egyptian embassy in Washington and the offices of Representative Jane
Harman and Senator Diane Feinstein,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam
“We share the family’s joy and are happy that Mr. Mahboob will soon be
reunited with his family,” said Ayloush.
According to friends and family members, Mahboob was detained at Cairo
airport by Egyptian security personnel on Friday. He had been in Egypt
studying Arabic and was on his way home when detained.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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