In Egypt, is missing, according to the foreign office after the Disappearance of a young man, the second German.

The German Embassy was in contact with the authorities and trying in both cases, with emphasis to education, said a spokesman for the foreign Ministry in Berlin. “There are two different cases of German nationals who are missing. We are concerned with those since a few days, and we take both very seriously,” he said. With a view to the Welfare of the Affected no further data could be made. Both men have relatives, according to a German mother and an Egyptian father, and have both a citizen of the state.

According to dpa-information is in the first case, an 18-Year-old from Giessen, the on 17. December wanted to enter via Luxor in the country, to visit his grandfather in Cairo. Before the next flight to the capital, the contact broke off, and confirmed to be the father of the dpa. “He has not arrived. My brother has been waiting for (in Cairo) on him.”

“It is now three weeks and there is no trace. No one knows whether he is still alive,” said the father. He assumes that the Egyptian security forces have detained his son, and he is now in custody. Reasons for a possible arrest, he does not know. His son, who probably wanted to enter with his Egyptian passport, I’ve done nothing.

In the second case, a 23-year-old German from Göttingen, with his brother at 27. December tried to enter the Cairo airport in Egypt. The authorities arrested the young man at the airport and had only his brother to happen, as his mother confirmed to the dpa. Since then, at the time of entry held is gone.

The mother had turned in a letter to the German Ambassador in Egypt and asked for help. Through contacts in Cairo to have found out that the son was supposedly in a building the “headquarters of the secret service” in the capital. He will thus retained without any justification.

The Egyptian government has imprisoned human rights organisations, in the past few years, tens of thousands of people for political reasons. Some of the sensational cases were of double nationality. This is handled in the Egyptian state than the Egyptians, so that the possibilities of influence for foreign governments are low.

In August, mirror Online reported about a German citizen with Egyptian roots, was denied entry at the airport in Cairo. He was sent accordingly, and back to Frankfurt.

According to the father of the 18-year-old who Disappeared there between the two cases, from the December, no connection. He himself had only learned through the media of the missing in göttingen.

The Egyptian interior Ministry asked to request, again later to call. Then the phone calls will no longer be accepted.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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