An AUC student who had been kidnapped early Wednesday has been returned to the custody of his family less than 24 hours later.
Kamal Elleithy was being held for a ransom of EGP 1 million, which according to relatives was not paid to the kidnappers, as Elleithy managed to escape from the city of Tanta, where he was being held.
According to a close relative, Elleithy's abduction began on his way to a Family Transport drop pick up point in 6th of October city. His driver reportedly stopped to pick up a "friend," who pulled out a knife upon entreating the car, and told Elleithy he was being kidnapped and held for ransom.
AUC President Lisa Anderson issued a statement condemning the use of the Tahrir campus premises by Egyptian State Security to reportedly fire on protesters in the square below.
On January 28, dozens of protesters reported seeing gun flashes from the top of buildings in the main Tahrir Campus. Since then, reports have circulated on Facebook citing eyewitness accounts of snipers using AUC premises to target protesters.
According to reports in the local press, the Supreme Military Council has been moving swiftly to try and sentence people accused of violence, assault, theft and looting during and following the January 25 Revolution.
Military courts have sentenced more than 180 people to fines and sentences of three, seven and 15 years in prison.
A Tahrir Square protester was sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting an officer.
After extensive negotiations culminating in a meeting with Human Resources last week, staff members were promised a five percent salary increase, effective March 2011.
Staff and workers had complained that despite their long years of service to AUC, they had not received salary increases, whereas some recently hired staff members get paid a much higher initial salary.