Thousands have supporters have signed a petition for a British businessman arrested in Egypt for allegedly patting an airport security guard on the back.
Tony Camoccio, 51, claims he has been falsely accused of sexual assault after the alleged incident at Hurghada International Airport.
The father-of-four, who has visited the country many times, was returning home to the UK after a holiday with his wife and a large group of people on February 8.
Almost 4,000 people have now signed an online petition for his freedom
Family members posted this photo online of Mr Camoccio's arrest in Egypt
A statement on the Change.org appeal reads: “At customs in Hurghada airport on his outbound journey, he was at final checkpoint where he was, as a standard procedure for all outbound passengers, patted down by a security officer.
“Tony then gently patted the officers back, and is now facing serious accusations.
“He was held in a general population cell overnight where he remained in handcuffs petrified for his life as he did not know what he was supposedly being charged with or what he had done wrong.
“This security official, with great power, is now accusing Tony of SEXUAL ASSAULT. We have only found this out 4 DAYS after he has been arrested, and this very well may be his charge.”
It goes on to accuse the Egyptian authorities of holding back video evidence of the incident as well as claiming that Tony has been denied food and water whilst in custody.
Mr Camoccio is described as having “a loving wife and many friends” and a post on the Help Tony Camoccio Facebook page has said family and friends are “completely terrified”.
The Foreign Office has said it is in contact with the family and the authorities in Egypt.
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