Minister to travel to Sudan over arrest of Egyptian students

Egypt’s expatriate affairs minister Nabila Makram will travel to Sudan to look into the arrest of Egyptian students in the country over allegations of leaking high school exam papers, state-owned MENA news agency reported on Monday.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail asserted the importance of communicating with Sudanese authorities in coordination with the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum to resolve the issue and be informed constantly of developments.

Egypt’s foreign ministry had earlier said that 26 Egyptian students were arrested by Sudanese authorities, according to the latest ministry information, though the exact nature of their alleged involvement is unclear.

Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said that Sudanese authorities also arrested students of other nationalities, accusing them of buying the questions of standardised tests and selling them to other students.

The Egyptian embassy in Khartoum has asserted the importance of releasing the students, especially since no clear charges have so far been filed against them, a statement by the foreign ministry read.

source: Ahram Online