Egyptian arrested at Jeddah airport after altercation with Saudi security
Members of Saudi security forces stand guard at Al-Tiwal crossing in Jizan on Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen - REUTERS

CAIRO: An Egyptian national has been detained in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 days after an altercation erupted between him and a Saudi security man at Jeddah Airport, a friend of him told The Cairo Post Sunday.

Accountant Ahmed Selim Mohamed Selim has gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, the minor Islamic pilgrimage; the altercation took place at the airport on the way back home, his friend Mohamed Serag said, adding that Selim’s wife contacted with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to follow her husband’s case.

The altercation dates back to Dec. 11, 2015, when Selim requested that travel procedures be expedited as the arrival of his flight number 309 had been delayed, Al-Masry al-Youm reported an eyewitness named Walid Rabeh.

Rabeh added that a Saudi officer Abdel-Hamid al-Ghamedi ordered holding  Selim in custody at the airport, allowing the other passengers to board the plane.

The Cairo Post tried to contact the Egyptian Ministry spokesperson Sunday, but he was not available to comment.

Since April 2012, Egyptian lawyer Ahmed al-Gizawi has been jailed in Saudi Arabia after being arrested in Jeddah, where he was for the purpose of Umrah, on charges of defaming late Saudi King Abdullah, BBC reported. He was sentenced to five years in jail and 300 lashes in January 2013 over charges of drug trafficking by a court in Jeddah.

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