Egypt releases student arrested over Orwell’s 1984

Taha was arrested after security found a copy of Orwell’s 1984 in his posession. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Egyptian student Mohammed Taha, 21, was released on Tuesday after he was arrested on suspicions of threatening state security, Egyptian media reported.

Taha was arrested in front of his university on Sunday after security found writings about a “Muslim caliphate” among his notes, in addition to a copy of George Orwell’s 1984.

The notes allegedly spoke of a “corrupt military regime and its dictatorial reign over the country.”

Speaking to the Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm, Mahmoud Farouq, the fdirector of Giza’s state security bureau said Taha was arrested while taking pictures of the Central Security Forces around the university.

The Egyptian Homeland Security and the Giza State Security interrogated Taha and was later released without charges due to a lack of evidence against him.

Gen. Farouq added that “the Giza State Security and the Egyptian Homeland security did not find evidence of him taking pictures of the Central Security Forces, and they also found the student innocent of his involvement with any violent activities, in front of the university and they also found him to be innocent of any affiliations with the Muslim Brotherhood."

The heavy security in front of the university, according to al-Masry al-Youm, was due to several potential attacks in areas where members of the Egyptian security forces usually gather.

Gen. Farouq stressed that the security forces are not against the circulation of thoughts and ideas, which he claimed was being reported in news agencies but did maintain that suspicious publications will be inspected, especially if it is found in a place that was previously targeted.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45