Two arrested. One American, one Egyptian. One was released, the other is being held “somewhere” without the ability to communicate with the outside world (Mercury News, emphasis mine):
Back home in Berkeley last night he said he’s still worried about his interpreter and friend, Mohammed Salah Ahmed Maree, who was arrested with him and is still being held incommunicado by Egyptian authorities. Unlike Buck, he didn’t have the muscle of the U.S. Embassy and UC Berkeley.
Buck said that in the middle of the night, hours after his arrest, authorities told him he was free to go.
“I said, ‘No’ and I stayed for 12 more hours and we started a hunger strike at some point. But they grabbed him (Maree) and put him in a different holding area. Finally, they said they had transferred him to another prison,” Buck said.
What can we do?
Hossam El-Hamalawy, an Egyptian blogger who is now a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, said the most important thing is to publicize the situation so Egypt will furnish information about where Maree and others arrested are being kept. “Egypt has a huge population of prisoners because of these security crackdowns and any information will also help their families and lawyers, who are trying to find them,” he said.
And think about this for a moment:
“Egypt has a huge population of prisoners because of these security crackdowns and any information will also help their families and lawyers, who are trying to find them,” he said.
A huge population of political prisoners whose families have no idea where they are being held.