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Rosmah Expresses Appreciation To Egypt For Releasing Malaysian Student | 07/01/2010
Untitled document KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 2010 (Bernama) -- Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has expressed her utmost appreciation to the Egyptian President's wife, Suzanne Mubarak, who had immediately responded to enable the release of Malaysian student Ibrahim Mohd Azmi in Egypt on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister's wife said that she had contacted the Egyptian First Lady at about 6.15pm yesterday to inform her of the detention of the medical student from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom and was relieved when the student was released about four hours later.

"I had appealed to Suzanne that one of our students had been detained and as a mother, we understand the feelings of Ibrahim's parents. No matter whoever's child it is, if I can help or do something to ease the burden of the parents, Insya Allah, I will discharge my responsibility.

"I had also informed (Suzanne) that the student is young and full of emotion, he was detained for taking a photograph, and he probably was not aware of his mistake. I fully appreciate the response given by Suzanne when she immediately asked for the student's name and other details such as his passport number and date of birth," she told reporters at her residence, here on Thursday.

Rosmah said she also informed Suzanne that the 22-year-old Ibrahim should be released as he had to continue his studies which were scheduled to begin tomorrow.

She said Ibrahim's father, Dr Mohd Azmi Mohd Ghazali wanted his son to concentrate on his studies as he was being sponsored by Mara.

On the medical aid and food supplies brought by the humanitarian convoy "Viva Palestina" which were prevented from entering the Gaza Peninsula by the Egyptian government, Rosmah said she was glad that the aid had reached the desired destination.

In July, Rosmah had met Suzanne while attending the Summit of the First Ladies of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where the Egyptian First Lady had invited Rosmah to join the international peace movement propagated by Suzanne.

In the incident last Wednesday, more than 10 members of the Viva Palestina convoy were injured, four of them in serious condition, and seven, including Ibrahim, were detained by Egyptian police in a demonstration at the El-Arish port, Egypt.

The demonstration by members of the Viva Palestina convoy were in protest of the decision of the Egyptian government to prevent 59 vehicles in the convoy from being taken out of the El-Arish Port to be taken to Gaza.

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