A British teenager is being held in an Egyptian jail after being accused of ‘spying’, after taking {a photograph} of the airport from the airplane window, his household declare.

Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem, 19, was travelling to go to mates in Egypt when he was arrested on arrival on the airport in Alexandria final week.

His household stated {the teenager} had been accused of ‘accumulating data of a army facility’ and was at present being held in a jail cell.

They stated the arrest got here after Muhammed, an A-level pupil who was travelling from Libya with a buddy, took {a photograph} of the airport from the airplane window as he arrived in Egypt.

Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem, 19, (pictured) was travelling to visit friends in Egypt when he was arrested on arrival at the airport in Alexandria last week

Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem, 19, (pictured) was travelling to visit friends in Egypt when he was arrested on arrival at the airport in Alexandria last week

Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem, 19, (pictured) was travelling to go to mates in Egypt when he was arrested on arrival on the airport in Alexandria final week

The 19-year-old, a UK nationwide from Cheetham Hill, in Manchester, was questioned by authorities on the airport who examined his telephone and found {a photograph} which included a picture of a army helicopter, his household declare.

His cousin, Shareen Nawaz, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, stated ‘mushy and compassionate’ Muhammed has been locked up in a chilly cell ever since.

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Shareen stated: ‘Every thing is going on so quick.

‘All inside just a few days he is in courtroom being accused of being a spy. His mother and father are going out of their thoughts.

‘His 13-year-old sister has been puking up blood as a result of she overheard a dialog and it was her who informed Muhammed to take the image.

‘It is insanity – is it that straightforward being a spy?’

Muhammed, an A-level student was travelling from Libya with a friend, took a photograph of the Alexandria airport (picture) from the plane window as he arrived in Egypt.

Muhammed, an A-level student was travelling from Libya with a friend, took a photograph of the Alexandria airport (picture) from the plane window as he arrived in Egypt.

Muhammed, an A-level pupil was travelling from Libya with a buddy, took {a photograph} of the Alexandria airport (image) from the airplane window as he arrived in Egypt.

Muhammed’s household have now appealed for the International Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to step in.

Muhammed’s mom, Imaan Rafiq, stated: ‘My child Muhammed wouldn’t even harm a fly, he’s a giant mushy teddy.’

Shareen added: ‘He’s a mushy and compassionate particular person, we simply wish to cease this earlier than a child’s life is ruined.’

Although Muhammed’s household stated he has been accused of spying, no particulars have been confirmed by Egyptian authorities.

The International and Commonwealth Workplace (FCO) stated it couldn’t touch upon particular person instances.

Nevertheless an FCO spokesperson stated: ‘We’re looking for extra data from the Egyptian authorities following the arrest of a British particular person in Alexandria, in addition to permission for consular entry. Our workers are offering help for his household.’

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Muhammed, who’s one among 5 siblings, just lately moved to Libya together with his household to help an aged relative.

He has spent most of his life residing in Manchester, the place he was born and educated.

He beforehand lived in Egypt together with his household and had deliberate a visit again to the nation to go to mates.

Muhammed and his Libyan buddy booked a lodge in Egypt collectively forward of their go to. 

They boarded a flight from Libya on November 20, touchdown in Egypt later that morning.

Upon arrival it’s understood that each Muhammed and his buddy had been questioned and arrested by Egyptian authorities.

Each younger males have been held in jail ever since with two appearances in courtroom, Shareen stated.

Muhammed has by no means been arrested, charged and even questioned by the police prior to now, his household stated.

Though Muhammed's (pictured) family said he has been accused of spying, no details have been confirmed by Egyptian authorities

Though Muhammed's (pictured) family said he has been accused of spying, no details have been confirmed by Egyptian authorities

Although Muhammed’s (pictured) household stated he has been accused of spying, no particulars have been confirmed by Egyptian authorities

They’ve employed a lawyer in Egypt who’s at present working to assist Muhammed.

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Humanitarian assist employee Shareen stated particulars in regards to the precise nature of the offence had been unclear.

Nevertheless the household have been informed by Muhammed’s solicitor that he has been accused of ‘accumulating data of a army facility’.

Shareen stated: ‘Once they landed on the airport in Alexandria he was arrested and his bag and telephone had been checked. He has not been launched since.

‘Slowly over the course of the week we have been discovering out what has really occurred.

‘When he landed his mum did not hear something however when he lastly spoke to her he stated he’d been in courtroom all day. And he stated they’d thrown him in jail.’

Shareen stated Muhammed had informed his household that circumstances in jail have been troublesome and he has been hauled earlier than the courts twice.

She understands that Egyptian authorities are attributable to evaluate the {photograph} he took on the airport.

Shareen stated: ‘He put his telephone out of the window and took an image of the airport and there’s a army helicopter within the background.

‘He says he has been accused of being a spy.’

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