Islam Khalil was arrested as he was returning from a vacation in Marsa Alam on Saturday and held in the Red Sea Governorates’s Qoseir Police Station for several hours before being released, Islam’s brother Nour Khalil told Mada Masr.
This is the second time that Khalil – who was arrested and detained alongside Mahmoud Mohamed on Saturday – has been jailed since he was released from prison in August after spending over a year in detention.
He was also detained for two days in October while walking in downtown Cairo with Mohamed. Also a former detainee, Mohamed was arrested for wearing a t-shirt decrying torture and spent two years in prison before being released in March.
Nour Khalil told Mada Masr that his brother called him early on Saturday and said that police had held him and Mohamed at a police checkpoint to review their criminal statuses as they were on their way back to Cairo. The bus that the two were traveling in left, and Khalil and Mohamed were taken to Qoseir Police Station where their phones were switched off.
His brother speculates that Islam’s detention could be related to a case filed against him upon his release in August in which he was accused of attacking a police officer. However, he was acquitted of these charges on November 1.
Mohamed, who was released by police shortly after being detained, wrote on his Facebook account that Khalil was still being held, despite having presenting papers that prove he has been cleared of all charges against him.
Nour Khalil told Mada Masr that he has contacted National Council for Human Rights member George Ishaq who promised to reach out to Interior Ministry officials.
Islam Khalil was subsequently released late Saturday night.
The 27-year-old was forcibly disappeared in May 2015, along with his father and brother. His location only became known 122 days after he disappeared. In a letter written from behind bars, Khalil detailed the torture to which he was subjected.