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Egypt: Police detain U.S. citizen, filmmaker

  • A riot police vehicle is seen outside Al-Azhar university during clashes between the riot policemen and student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi outside the university in Cairo December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

CAIRO: An Egyptian lawyer says police have arrested an American translator and an Egyptian filmmaker and held them in an undisclosed location for three days.

Ahmed Hassan told the Associated Press on Saturday that U.S. citizen Jeremy Hodge, 26, and Egyptian filmmaker Hossam Eddin el-Meneai, 36, have been detained since Wednesday after security forces arrested them from their apartment in a Cairo district. He says the local police station first acknowledged their arrest but later denied that the two were in their custody.

An official at the American Embassy in Cairo said, "We are aware that a U.S. citizen has been detained in Egypt and are providing all appropriate consular assistance. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment."

 
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