Four Britons held in Egypt

Published April 18th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian security forces have arrested four Britons in Cairo and Alexandria, the British Foreign Office announced.  

A spokesman has named the four as Reza Pankhurst, Ian Malcolm Nisbett, Maajid Nawaz and Hassan Rizfi, who are all thought to be in their 20s.  


Pankhurst and Nisbett are detained in Cairo while Nawaz and Rizfi are being held in Alexandria.  


"We are in contact with their families and the Egyptian authorities to establish the legal process they face," the British spokesman stated.  


"They have not been charged. They are being questioned. We continue to press the Egyptian authorities for information about their detention."  


The four, who were detained on April 1, are believed to be from London.  


According to some reports, they were arrested on suspicion of being members of the Islamic Liberation Party. However, Sheikh Omar bin Bakri Muhammad, founder of the UK branch of the Islamic Liberation Party, also known as Hizb ut-Tahrir, said the four arrested men were not associated with his group.  


He also said his organization was not a terrorist group but an intellectual political party. (  

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