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Egypt police arrest Briton for wearing police-like clothes

Egypt arrests Briton over police-like clothes

October 14, 2013

CAIRO: Egyptian police said on Monday they had arrested a Briton in the restive north Sinai town of El-Arish in possession of "a black jacket and trousers" similar to police uniforms.

The 44-year-old also had a laptop with a picture of a man suspected of belonging to the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas that rules neighbouring Gaza, a police statement said.

The statement said police searched for the man after receiving reports of "a foreigner who frequents cafes and mixes with citizens".

"He was found in possession of a black jacket, black trousers and a pair of shoes suspected of being a Central Security Forces uniform," the statement said, adding he also had two mobile phones along with the laptop.

Wearing clothes that resemble police or military uniforms can lead to arrest in Egypt.

The statement came a day after an American man arrested in north Sinai in August hanged himself in a jail cell.

James Lunn had been detained for violating a curfew imposed in August as security forces battled loyalists of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Britain advises its citizens against all travel to north Sinai.

The province has seen a spate of attacks on the security forces since the army's July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and a subsequent crackdown on his supporters.

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