CAIRO: Abdallah Assem, the 17-year-old who represented Egypt in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in California last week will not return back to Egypt.
The boy was accused of vandalizing a police officer’s car. He is afraid of coming back to Egypt, he told Al-Jazeera Sunday.
“I asked for guarantees as to not get detained again but there was no response,” Assem said. It’s my final decision, he said through Skype.
The boy was supposed to return to Egypt Sunday with a company of the Egyptian delegation that accompanied him in the fair, which began on 11 May.
Abdallah’s father told Anadolu Saturday that his son did not achieve an advanced position in Intel competition because his son could not able to bring all of his tools and his innovation models.
Abdallah was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist following his invention last year of an electronic system that helps patients with quadriplegia to communicate by using computer keyboards using their eyes.
Abdallah was arrested before joining the fair by ten days for violating the protest law, which entered into force in November 2013, and was accused of burning a police officer car.
Abdallah, who is originally from Asyut, was arrested in Cairo. He was in the capital to finalize his traveling documents and to meet the Minister of Education.
He was banned at first from traveling to California but after his case circulated in the media, the Minister of Interior ordered to lift the travel ban off of him.
Intel Egypt executive manager Karim el-fateh told Anadolu on Monday that Assem’s decision to stay in the U.S. is his personal decision and his family knows that, too.