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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Egypt Deports 4 Chechen Students to Russia

CAIRO — Egypt deported four Chechens to Russia on Thursday but the son of a Chechen rebel leader was not among them as planned, Amnesty International and the man's uncle said.

The rights group expressed concern Wednesday that Maskhud Abdullayev, 22, would be tortured if sent back to Russia. He is the son of Supyan Abdullayev, the leader of an armed Chechen group opposed to Moscow's control of the region.

Maskhud's uncle, Ruslan Abdullayev, said Maskhud and another student, identified by Amnesty as Akhmad Azimov, missed their flight to Moscow because the officer transporting them to the Cairo airport drove to the wrong terminal.

President Dmitry Medvedev is due in Egypt for talks Tuesday, but Ruslan said he did not believe his nephew's deportation was linked to the visit.

The two students will probably be deported Friday, he said.

Ruslan said he feared his nephew would be held hostage to put pressure on his relatives among Chechen rebels to surrender. He added that Maskhud had left Chechnya as a child and had nothing to do with the conflict there.

The Chechens are among students Egypt is deporting after a check at Cairo's al-Azhar University last month.