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HRW: Kuwait Must Stop Deporting ElBaradei Supporters

An international human rights group says Kuwaiti should stop arresting and deporting expatriate supporters of Egyptian pro-reform activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed ElBaradei.

New York-based Human Rights Watch says Kuwait should release all of the Egyptians still in custody, and allow them and those already deported to return to their homes in Kuwait.

Kuwaiti authorities released around 21 Egyptian residents of Kuwait Saturday, and deported them to Egypt.

Human Rights Watch says some of the Egyptians were detained after they attended a meeting in support of ElBaradei on April 8. Others were detained the next day during a meeting to discuss the arrests.

ElBaradei, a former chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is leading a campaign for political reform in Egypt.

He also has expressed a willingness to run against President Hosni Mubarak in an election next year on condition the vote is free and fair.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.