Award-winning high schooler arrested before going to U.S. Intel Engineering Fair
An Egyptian student slated to represent his country at(Intel ISEF) - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: An Egyptian student slated to represent his country at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May was arrested Friday at Tahrir square for violating the protest law, reported Al Shorouq.  

Abdullah Asem, 17-year old high school student was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist following his invention last year of an electronic system that helps disabled people to use computer keyboards using their eyes.

“My son is not involved in politics,” Asem, Abdullah’s father, told The Cairo Post Sunday, after travelling from Asyut.

He added that he doubts the said charges and claimed that his son was arrested by “arrogant” policeman.

“Tahrir Square was closed when my son was arrested so how could he participate in a protest?” wondered his father.

Abdullah was arrested for violating the protest law, which entered into force in November 2013. The law stipulates that any political gathering must request permission from security forces at least a day in advance.

Abdullah had traveled from his native Asyut to Cairo to finalize his travel documents and meet the Minister of Education Mahmoud Abu el-Nasr Sunday.

According to Dream T.V. channel, he was with his friend when security forces arrested them for flashing the four-finger “Rabaa” salute that indicates solidarity with those dispersed from pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests last August.

In a photo on Abdullah’s Facebook account, he is seen standing next to an anti-police graffiti sprayed on the walls of the American University in Cairo in Tahrir Square.

Head of the Egyptian Students Union, Abdulla Ashraf called on the Minister of Education to mediate and help Abdullah so that he could travel to the U.S. and represent Egypt in the fair, in a statement on its Facebook page.

Abdullah is scheduled to travel to the U.S. on 4 May to participate in Intel ISEF to be held in Los Angeles, California from May 11-16, 2014, in which 1,600 students from 60 countries will participate, reported Youm 7.

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