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Liberal Professor Arrested in Egypt
by Salah Nasrawi, the Associated Press
Posted: Sunday, July 02, 2000 00:47 am CST

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Police have arrested a well-known liberal sociologist who holds dual U.S.-Egyptian citizenship, accusing him of publishing reports that harmed national unity, security officials said Saturday.

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo, was detained with two assistants late Friday and is being interrogated by prosecutors, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The officials identified one of the assistants as Nadia Abdel-Nour. The other's name was not disclosed.

A quietly-spoken champion of human rights, Ibrahim has long criticized Arab governments for their lack of democracy and discrimination against minorities. In Egypt, he has spoken for greater opportunities for Coptic Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of the population of 64 million.

The Egyptian government denies any discrimination against the Copts, saying all Egyptians are treated equally.

Ibrahim runs the Ibn Khaldoun Center, a Cairo think-tank, and is often interviewed and quoted by foreign journalists.

Security officials said Ibrahim was also being questioned about his allegedly receiving more than $290,000 from abroad.

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