09 March 2019, 09:32

Relatives of Ingushes arrested in Egypt disagree with Evkurov's forecasts

Yunus-Bek Evkurov has estimated the deportation period of the students detained in Egypt as one-two months, but their relatives doubt the estimate. They deny the detainees' involvement in extremism, but they fear that students will face criminal prosecution at home. Alexei Malashenko, a political analyst, believes that the case is unique.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that five young people from Ingushetia were detained in Egypt in August 2018. Parents of three of them managed to meet them in Cairo. One of them reported on February 24 that the arrest of four students was extended until April 10, 2019. The fate of the fifth student remains unknown.

All the five went to Egypt without the knowledge of their parents and studied in Cairo at the mosques, Mr Evkurov, the head of Ingushetia, has stated. Four detainees are suspected of extremism, the fifth one – of recruiting people into the ranks of militants, said the Ingush leader.

The Evkurov's words about the deportation term have surprised Marem Dzeitova, the mother of Ali Dzeitov, arrested in Egypt. "There is no agreement on extradition with anyone. We are very interested to know where Mr Evkurov has got this information from," she said.

The case of Ingush students is extremely rare, said Alexei Malashenko, a political analyst. "Usually, a person goes to Egypt, studies there, and then returns to Russia, where he is persecuted or killed. One of the clearest examples is Said Buriatsky, who studied in Al-Azkhar," he said.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 8, 2019 at 03:48 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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