British citizen JAILED by Egyptian authorities after “patting officer on the back”

British citizen Tony Camoccio has been in jail since last Saturday and his friends claim his rights are “being abused” after the holidaymaker is said to have been jailed for patting a security enforcement officer on the back.

Mr Comoccio is being held in an Egyptian jail after he was accused of sexually assaulting an airport security officer when he “patted” him on the back, his friends have said.

The 51-year-old man was arrested last Saturday while undergoing checks at Hurghada International Airport, before flying home to London to end his trip.

He was being patted down and searched by a male officer during a final check when the father of four “gently patted the officer’s back,” he was then detained, according to a Facebook page set up to call for his release.

Tony Camoccio

The page said that a “petrified” Mr Camoccio was then taken to a general population cell, where he was forced to spent the night in handcuffs unclear of his crime.

The same Facebook page claims he did not find out about the alleged sexual assault until four days after the arrest was made and Mr Comoccio is still yet to be formally charged.

The campaign page set up to free Comoccio claims “The situation has been blown up and the accusation made by the security officer is lying about the situation at hand.”

It added: “There is video evidence being held back by the Egyptian police that proves that this is a lie.”

Local police have reportedly warned the family he could be facing another 15 days in jail while they investigate the case.

The post warned that MR Comoccio’s rights as a British citizen are being abused, “As a British citizen, this man is entitled to food, water, medical attention should he need it. He was given none,

“His basic rights were being abused and these are false accusations,” the post read.

In a brief statement, the Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with a British man who has been arrested in Egypt.

“Our staff are in touch with his family and the Egyptian authorities.”

This content was sourced from Unity News Network.

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