Professor Abou El Fadl Discusses Asylum for Egyptian Teenager in New York Times Article

May 22, 2014 – Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl discussed the case of an Egyptian teenager who traveled to the U.S. for a science fair and is now seeking asylum. His comments appear in a New York Times article.

“As far as American law is concerned, this is a pretty straightforward case,” said Khaled Abou El Fadl, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. “He has a very strong case, and in my view, the fact that he was in prison in Egypt for political reasons will help his case. He has already suffered persecution, so this is not merely a fear.”

More alarming, said Mr. Abou El Fadl, also an Egyptian immigrant, are signs that Mr. Assem’s plight is increasingly common.

“It was bad for dissidents under Mubarak, and, by all indicators, under the current regime it is even worse,” he said, referring to the former president. “Political prisoners are treated at the whim and will of the state.”

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