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Egyptian Teen Inventor to Seek Asylum in US

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An Egyptian teenager who traveled to the United States to showcase an invention at a science fair has decided to seek asylum, fearing he will be arrested if he returns home.
 
A lawyer for 17-year-old Abdallah Assem said the high school student is seeking asylum from political persecution.
 
Assem was arrested last month in Cairo on charges of "illegal protesting" and burning several police vehicles. He denies the charges. 
 
Egyptian authorities released Assem and let him attend last week's Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles to present an invention focused on helping the disabled communicate.
 
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, which is helping the young inventor apply for asylum, says Assem believes "his future and his life would be jeopardized in his home country."

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by: Prof. Anderson from: UCLA
May 21, 2014 7:52 AM
the Muslim brotherhood is a terrorist organization..!!! this Egyptian "inventor" is a confection of lies. He is not "persecuted" by Egyptian Authorities - he is just a Muslim Brotherhood delinquent liar. Shame on the US to allow such trash in.
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by: ShuMot from: Brooklyn, USA
May 22, 2014 1:01 PM
If there's proof - TELL AUTHORITIES ! I HOPE that FBI/CIA or some other acronym of our government has done it's due diligence and has a good understanding of who that person is. Deena - open your eyes, B_coz of IGNORANT liberals (stress on ignorant) there are large amount of "scum of Earth" taking refuge here in good ol US of A.
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by: Deena from: NY
May 21, 2014 12:23 PM
So every Egyptian is now by default part of the Muslim Brotherhood? You should take "Prof." out of your name and educate yourself from a source other than the media. Such ignorance and bigotry is what shouldn't be allowed in this country.
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by: Butair from: Tampa
May 21, 2014 12:11 PM
"Professor" - if you have proof then please notify the authorities. You are right, we should be careful.

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