Amel Grami (Photo: Courtesy of Amel Grami Facebook)
The Tunisian Writers Union decried on Monday Egypt’s refusal to allow the entry of researcher and academician Amel Grami at Cairo International Airport, and sending her on a plane back to Tunisia.
The union called on the Egyptian authorities to issue a formal apology to Grami.
Grami was heading to the coastal City of Alexandria on Saturday to attend a conference on terrorism and extremism in the Bibliotecha Alexandrina. She told the Tunis 24/7 TV Show that she had obtained a visa three months prior to her arrival.
She added that Egyptian authorities kept treating her as a "detainee," and questioning her for over 10 hours.
Egyptian authorities have not commented on the incident.
This is not the first high-profile incident where Egypt denied entry to foreigners.
In December 2014, airport authorities denied entry to Michele Dunne, a senior associate in the Middle East Programme of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former US diplomat, who received an invitation by a pro-government group to attend a conference.
Authorities said at the time that Dunne did not have a valid visa.