14 February 2011

British Embassy concerned over missing national in Cairo

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British authorities are deeply concerned about a British national who has gone missing in Cairo after reportedly being arrested during protests.

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The British Embassy in Cairo is petitioning authorities for information regarding a missing British national.

Hisham Morsi was last seen being removed from Tahrir Square on 31 January 2011, and although eye witnesses claim that he was arrested, it is unclear by whom.

Junior foreign minister Alistair Burt said they had been given public and private assurances by the Egyptian government that no activists remained in detention.

"In light of this, I call on the Egyptian authorities to urgently clarify whether Mr Morsi has been arrested, and if so, to inform our embassy of his whereabouts and provide our embassy with full and immediate consular access," Mr Burt said.

Burt said he had raised Morsi's case with the Egyptian ambassador to London last week and the British Embassy was petitioning authorities in Cairo.

The Egyptian government has committed itself to releasing all detained protesters, not to arrest anyone for expressing ideas and opinions and to stop arresting and harassing journalists, foreigners and members of the opposition, Mr Burt said.

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