Student faces spying charges in Egypt after taking a photo from an airplane

Dec 3, 2018

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Student faces spying charges in Egypt after taking a photo from an airplane

Dec 3, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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A British student was recently arrested for spying in Egypt after taking photos from an airplane. Reportedly, the 19-year-old Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem was accused of taking a photo of a military helicopter, and he was detained on arrival at Alexandria airport.

Abulkasem’s family told The Guardian that the young man was accused of “collecting information of a military facility.” He was traveling from Lybia to Egypt with a friend for a vacation. Upon landing, he took a photo of the airport from an airplane. Reportedly, their hotel booking had been flagged as suspicious, so the authorities were waiting for them at the arrival at the Alexandria airport.

Shareen Nawaz, Abulkasem’s cousin, describes Abulkasem as a “very, very soft kid.” She says that the authorities searched her cousin’s bag and belongings, checked his phone, and that he fully cooperated. The photo of the airport that he’d taken included a military helicopter in the background, which he didn’t realize. But reportedly, the Egyptians believed this to be suspicious, and the young man ended up in an Egyptian jail.

The Guardian writes that Abulkasem is studying business studies, chemistry, and computer science remotely through Ashton Sixth Form College. He’s reportedly an A-level student, and at the same time, he takes care of his grandmother in Tripoli, Libya.

After Abulkasem was detained, his family started a petition for the British government and politicians to help with his release. Reportedly, the Egyptian authorities haven’t confirmed the details of the spying accusations. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office “couldn’t comment on individual cases,” but they said that they’re “seeking more information from the Egyptian authorities.” They added that their “staff are providing assistance for his family.”

Earlier this year, Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan was arrested in Egypt for covering an anti-government protest, and he was even facing a death penalty. Abulkasem was doing what the most of us are doing when we get on an airplane (I did it all the way on my flight to Stockholm, that photo on the cover is mine). But Egyptian authorities are known for being suspicious and way too harsh. I sure hope the charges against him will be dropped and that he will return home safe and sound.

[via The Guardian]

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6 responses to “Student faces spying charges in Egypt after taking a photo from an airplane”

  1. g_discus Avatar
    g_discus

    Don’t go to Egypt!

  2. Robert Williams Avatar
    Robert Williams

    This story just reminds me of a scene from “The Hunt For Red October” where a soviet pilot is proudly flying through a cloud bank to sneak up on a US AWACs plane. He’s thinking about how much electronic intelligence he’d be able to gather for getting this close to an american radar plane.
    Then, he gets a radio transmission in russian, identifying his plane by the serial number on the engine intake of his plane. He looks around him and sees that he’s now surrounded by 3 or 4 F-15s that had gotten so close to him that their cameras could clearly read serial numbers on his airplane, and he didn’t even know they were there.
    If somebody is going to spy, they’re probably going to want more detail than what you’d get from an airliner with what’s probably a cellphone.

  3. Tom Dahm Avatar
    Tom Dahm

    Mission Impossible: SKYSECRET

  4. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    All these Arab places evil cultures of death and killing. Disgusting.

  5. Lightbender Avatar
    Lightbender

    Did u remember Giulio Regeni?

  6. Whatdoyknow Avatar
    Whatdoyknow

    Unfortunately it needs to be said that one trusts others the way you trust yourself. Not so good for Egyptian authorities.