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Police in Egypt release detained U.S. citizen

Egyptian army tanks are positioned outside Turah prison during the trial at the police institute in Cairo on December 9, 2013, of Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and other senior figures from the group on charges of "incitement to murder" in the Egyptian capital's neighbourhood of Bahr al-Aazam, after deadly clashes erupted there in July. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

CAIRO: An American translator who was being held by Egyptian police without charges says he is free and plans to travel to the U.S. soon.

Jeremy Hodge, a 26 year old from Los Angeles, told The Associated Press on Sunday that he still doesn't know why he was arrested and held. Hodge and his roommate, 36-year-old Egyptian filmmaker Hossam Eddin el-Meneai, were arrested late Wednesday at their apartment in the Dokki neighborhood of Cairo.

Hodge says Meneai remains in custody. He says he is worried for his roommate's safety, having heard police roughly interrogate Meneai and try to link him with terrorist groups from the lawless Sinai Peninsula.

Hodge says police officers also punched, kicked and beat Meneai with sticks in his presence.

 

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