Wednesday September 10, 2003

Envoy: No Malaysian held in Egypt

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Embassy in Egypt has refuted allegations that a Malaysian student was one of the 25 militants arrested last week for allegedly planning an attack on coalition forces in Iraq and Western interests in Arab countries.

Malaysian Ambassador to Egypt Datuk Abu Bakar Daud said in a telephone interview that embassy officers had inspected the list of the detained militants and found no Malaysian.

The Middle East Times reported last week that among the militants arrested by Egyptian authorities last month were a Bangladeshi, a Turk and a Malaysian who attended an Islamic university in Cairo.

Egyptian Interior Minister Habib Adli, however, said no weapons or explosives were found on the suspects, nor were there any evidence that they planned attacks inside Egypt.