Wife of Egyptian who ‘vanished’ after deported from Malaysia fears for his safety

Australian Jodie Harris with a picture of her husband Abdallah Mahmoud Hisham.

PETALING JAYA: The wife of an Egyptian who went missing after he was deported from Malaysia last month believes that her husband and three others are victims of forced disappearance.

Jodie Harris, the wife of Abdallah Mahmoud Hisham, one of four Egyptians who Human Rights Watch declared missing after they were forced to board a flight to Cairo via Bangkok, said there has been no confirmation by Egyptian authorities on their whereabouts.

“If they’re in Egypt, this is very bad. The security forces will take you and then torture you into confessing whatever they want you to confess to.”

Harris, an Australian citizen, denied a claim by Malaysian police that her husband was involved in terrorism or the Muslim Brotherhood, the party banned by the Egyptian military regime.

She has also published a video on YouTube to explain her story.

“It is practically a death sentence in Egypt,” she said, worried that her husband may be executed.

Last month, it was reported that Abdallah along with five other Egyptian men and one Tunisian were deported by Malaysian authorities.

The move was widely criticised by human rights groups, including prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim.

Bukit Aman accused them of aiding terrorist elements in the country.

Jodie Harris fights back tears as she speaks during a press conference organised by Lawyers for Liberty.

Meanwhile, Latheefa Koya, executive director of Lawyers for Liberty, said Malaysia must take responsibility over the disappearance of the four men.

“It seems that they have vanished into thin air, disappeared. We only know that the Malaysian authorities were the last to see and detain them.”

She took to task Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun for claiming that the men were involved in terrorist activities.

“If you claim these people are terrorists, they should at the very least be charged under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012. This is where Sosma comes into play.”

“It is a security issue in this country. Charge them in court and then we’ll hear what they have to say.”

Latheefa also questioned the home ministry and government leaders for their silence.

“We are very dismayed and disappointed with the new ministers who are in power for having nothing to say.

“I’m sure if they were in the opposition they would be making a lot of noise,” she added.