Mansour Rashid El-Kikhia

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Mansour Rashid Kikhia (also spelled Mansur), (د. منصور الكيخيا; December 1931 – c. 1993) was the Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs (1972-1973), Libyan Ambassador to the United Nations, Permanent Libyan Representative to the United Nations, and later an opposition figure to Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi, and human rights activist.[1] He was born in Benghazi, Libya.[2]

Disappearance in Egypt[edit]

In 1993 eyewitnesses at the time reported that he was abducted by three men in a black limousine with diplomatic license plate a few yards from the Cairo Hotel Safir where he was staying. Neither the Egyptian nor the Libyan authorities have issued reports or claimed responsibility regarding this forced disappearance, ever.[3] A four-year investigation conducted by the CIA produced convincing evidence that Egyptian agents staged the abduction and then handed over al-Kikhia to the Libyan authorities, who executed him.[4] His remains were found in Libya in 2012.[5]

Egyptian government accusations[edit]

The similarity between Reda Helal and Kikhia cases has raised widespread suspicion about the involvement of high-ranking Egyptian officials. Kikhia's lawyer does not rule out Libyan and American involvement in his disappearance.[6] The recent arrest in London of a highly respected Egyptian engineer, Professor Momdouh Hamza, has implicated four top Egyptian officials with close ties to the Mubarak family and re-opened the rumor mill in Cairo. For years Egyptians have heard of forced disappearance of public figures elsewhere in the region (e.g. Iraq, Syria and Libya) but not their own.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr Saad Eddin Ibrahim, "The Case of a Missing Egyptian Journalist," Ibn Khaldun center for development studies (ICDS) (2000).
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Egyptian court issues judgment for Egyptian Ministry of Interior on compensation for Mansur El-Kikhia disappearance," Arabic News.com (4/8/1999)
  4. ^ Jim Hoagland, "Egypt, Libya Linked to Abduction," Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997; Page A01
  5. ^ "Mansour Al-Kikhia family calls for answers "
  6. ^ "Al Kikhya's lawyer does not rule out Libyan and US involvement in his disappearance," ArabicNews.com (10/28/1997)

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