View Full Version : Retired US Army officer found hanged in cell in Egypt

David Guyatt
10-14-2013, 10:04 AM
This has that certain smell to it...

Former US Army officer found hanged in Egypt police cellA retired American army officer has been found dead in his cell in an Egyptian prison six weeks after being arrested for breaking the national curfew, raising concerns about worsening attitudes to foreigners in the countryhttp://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02700/curfew_2700908b.jpgEgypt: Egyptian officials said Mr Henry had been detained in August for violating a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed because of the latest wave of political unrest sweeping the country. Photo: REUTERS

By Richard Spencer, Cairo

4:25PM BST 13 Oct 2013

Officials said that the man, named as James Henry Lunn, 55, was found hanged when prison officers in Ismailiya on the Suez Canal went in to deliver his breakfast.

Mr Henry had been arrested in Sinai in late August, amid a crackdown on movement of residents in Egypt and particularly in Sinai amid unrest following the removal of President Mohammed Morsi by the military.

Last month a Frenchman living in Cairo also arrested for breaching the curfew, Eric Lang, was beaten to death by fellow inmates in his cell.

Meanwhile, only last week, two Canadians, a doctor, Tarek Loubani, and a film-maker, John Greyson, who were arrested at the scene of a pro-Morsi demonstration in August, were released, describing how they had been beaten and humiliated in custody.

It is still not clear what Mr Lunn was doing in Sinai, though it is thought he might have been an amateur history enthusiast since police found historical documents and maps when he was arrested on Aug 27. He was said to have flown to Egypt from Bahrain two days before.

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He has published a number of books online on conspiracy theories, including one about the US, Egypt and a "new world order".
The prosecutor’s report referred to an explosion at a police station the day before, and though there was no further statement as regards his involvement, it may have been this that caused him to be investigated further. His was also found with an “electronic device" which was later said to be a computer.
US embassy officials, who confirmed Mr Lunn’s death from an “apparent suicide", visited him last week. On Saturday, his detention was extended by a court.
Ever since the revolution of 2011, pro-army politicians and media have been spreading suggestions that the United States and President Barack Obama were deliberately trying to weaken Egypt, including by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. A map found at an office of a raided American NGO showing Egypt divided into four administrative parts was used to further a conspiracy theory that the US planned to break up the country by force or intrigue.
That has spilled over into attacks on foreigners in the street, which have continued since Mr Morsi was overthrown.
Meanwhile, the broader attempt by the military to exert control is being stepped up. The cabinet approved new measures to stop protests at the weekend, including a demand that 24 hours’ notice be given and that demonstrators not come within 50 metres of state buildings.
It also outlined the measures that can be used to break up protests, though little has been done so far to investigate the hundreds of people killed by police and the army during the crackdown, many by direct shots to the head and chest, including a 17-year-old boy only on Friday.

Magda Hassan
10-14-2013, 10:12 AM
Yes, very interesting. I had heard that an American had been found hanged in a cell in Egypt. That is all I heard. No idea it was a military person.

Peter Lemkin
10-14-2013, 10:20 AM
A not-very-subtle payback for the USA finally withholding some military support and monies?! My best guess. Not a suicide, for sure.

Charlie Prima
10-14-2013, 02:49 PM
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Keith Millea
10-14-2013, 03:18 PM

Are you familiar with Nikki Scully?She used to promote these "New Age" tours to Egypt.

Charlie Prima
10-14-2013, 04:53 PM
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David Guyatt
10-14-2013, 05:11 PM
Sounds like it could be him, Charlie, doesn't it.

Probably the wrong thread for this, but I do wonder about the Ark of the Covenant stories that have circulated over the past few decades, I have to say. Firstly, it was in the keeping of the Templars and hidden somewhere in south eastern France in or around Rennes le Chateau. Then it was located in Ethiopia. It has always, as far as I know anyway, been a subject for Freemasons, Ark or Arc and Royal Arch etc. And now it's embedded in the Kabaa in Mecca? Not to mention Warwickshire in England.

Ho hum. Or should that be hocus pocus?

Charlie Prima
10-14-2013, 06:14 PM
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