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Egyptian rights group says authorities disappeared 2 lawyers

September 27, 2018 GMT

CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for an Egyptian human rights organization says authorities have moved two detained lawyers to an unknown location and they haven’t been heard from since.

Ahmed el-Attar of Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms says Thursday that a court had ordered the release of Ezzat Ghoniem and Azzoz Mahgoub on Sept. 4 pending investigations into accusations they were plotting against Egypt, but the two disappeared while in custody on Sept. 14.

He says the men’s families tried to visit them but were told they had already been released. Amnesty International says the men have been forcibly disappeared and are at great risk of torture, and urges authorities to make their whereabouts known.

Both Ghoneim and Mahgoub supported victims of alleged police torture, the disappeared and their families in Egypt.