Egypt's national flag is seen raised at the top of a flagpole, which was recently installed in Tahrir square, in central Cairo, February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
CAIRO – 3 October 2019: Egypt’s prosecution has released number of the foreigners who were detained during the anti-government protests calls on September 20.
According to a Thursday statement issued by the general prosecution, releasing those foreigners came per their embassies request from the Egyptian authorities, pledging that they will be departed from the country shortly after releasing them.
The foreigners were accused with cooperation with the out-lowed Muslim Brotherhood group to destabilize the country’s security and creating chaotic statues.
They were also accused with funding terrorists and training them on using special weapons and guns.
The investigations are still ongoing by the prosecution, according to the statement.
Earlier, Jordanian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sofian al-Qudah issued a statement saying that, the Egyptian authorities released two Jordanians, were detained during anti-government protests on September 20.
“The Egyptian authorities released Jordanian citizens, Abdel Rahman Hussein al-Rawajbeh and Thaer Matar, who were arrested in Cairo 10 days ago,” al-Qudah said.
The two Jordanian citizens were among six foreigners detained during rare protests staged against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on September 24, 2019. TV presenter Amr Adib broadcast a video he acquired from the arrested individuals, showing their passports and video-taped confessions. That was during an episode of his Talk Show “Al Hekaya” on MBC Misr. The foreigners arrested include two Jordanians, two Turkish, a Palestinian, and a Dutch.
The T.V. host said that the arrested people confessed conspiring against Egypt. However, Qudah told Jordanian radio program "Al-Qakil" that the Egyptian authorities did not interrogate the Jordanian citizens.
On September 26, 2019, Egypt's Attorney General Hamada al-Sawi ordered investigations into the protests that have been witnessed in some governorates, aiming to stand on the reasons behind these protests, and the demands of the marchers.
According to the prosecution decree, more than 1,000 have been investigated.
Dozens of arrested people were released without being interrogated in Alexandria and Giza, according human rights organizations said on Wednesday.
Egypt has witnessed rare and small demonstrations in April 2015, when dozens of people demonstrated against handing over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the Aqaba Gulf to Saudi Arabia.
Additional Reporting by Noha El Tawil