Egyptian-American fears arrest if he returns home

August 22, 2007 11:34

One of Egypt's most outspoken government critics, Egyptian-American academic Saad Eddin Ibrahim, said he cannot return to the country of his birth for fear of arrest "or worse." In an opinion piece that appeared Tuesday in the Washington Post, the 68-year-old sociologist described a regime cracking down on all forms of opposition in order to engineer an unpopular father-son succession. "Sadly, this regime has strayed so far from the rule of law that, for my own safety, I have been warned not to return to Egypt," he wrote. "Regime insiders and those in Cairo's diplomatic circles have said that I will be arrested or worse."

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