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US citizen found hanged not James Henry: Embassy source

American citizen believed to have committed suicide in prison in Egypt is James Lone not James Henry according to US embassy

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Oct 2013
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An American citizen found hanged in his prison cell in Egypt's city of Ismailia has been identified as James Lone, not retired officer James Henry, a source from the US embassy in Cairo told Ahram Arabic news website Sunday evening.

Egyptian authorities had identified the deceased - believed to have committed suicide in his prison cell earlier on Sunday - as 55 year-old retired officer James Henry Allen.

The source did not provide further details on Lone.

The initial prosecution report said the body of James Henry, 55, was found hanging by a shoelace and a black belt at noon in Ismailiya Awal police station.

The US Embassy in Cairo confirmed "that a US citizen, prisoner in Ismailia, died from an apparent suicide."

According to authorities, the man identified as James Henry was arrested on 28 August on North Sinai's Al-Arish road on his way to the Gaza Strip with "a map of Egypt and a modern electronic device currently being examined," the prosecution's report stated.


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14-10-2013 08:22pm
Why was Lone arrested in the first place? Were two Americans arrested, or was it a case of mistaken identity? Not clear!
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Sam Enslow
14-10-2013 07:03am
Ever changing stories
An American, incorrectly identified by the police, is said to have hanged himself in an Egyptian prison. A Frenchman is beaten to death while in police custody. The protester Khakifa is said to have drowned in police custody after the police claimed he was alive. It seems the reforms said to be taking place in the Ministry of Interior are words only. It appears that these inconsistent stories are of no concern to the interim government anymore than they were when a Siwi man was burned by the police. Did everyone forget the incident that started the January Revolution? These deaths, especially those of foreigners, will cause great harm to efforts to bring tourists back to Egypt. No one really cares. I have had friends robbed and beaten. Why bother reporting such cases to the police? They will do nothing. Street patrols. No. Efforts to prevent crimes against people and property seem to be of no importance to the police. I used to feel free to walk the streets of Egypt at anytime day or night without concern. Today? The police are given great powers and the right to detain citizens. With that power comes great responsibilities. Abuses of power not only affect the public's perception of the police but also their concepts of the government as a whole. It confirms to the public that the government is only interested in protecting its own and in controlling (by force if necessary) the people of Egypt, and the rule of law means nothing. The people are to serve the government - not the government serve the people.
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