A British father of four is locked up in an Egyptian prison after a pat on the airport.
Tony Camoccio, 51, has spent five days in Hurghada prison without charge and his family and friends are desperately looking for news.
They claim that he was held in handcuffs the first night and initially did not get any food or water in his cell.
A friend told MailOnline that the father of four was confronted with a false charge for sexual violence and could be detained for another two weeks while the police are investigating.
He said in a statement: “He is completely innocent and has been detained in inhumane conditions.
“He has four children and a loving wife and many friends. We need this man, his wife and his son to come home. “
Tony Camoccio (above) a British father of four is locked up in an Egyptian prison after a pat on the airport
The 51-year-old has spent five days in Hurghada prison without charge and his family and friends are desperately looking for news. He is said to have been handcuffed overnight and initially did not receive any food or water in his cell
The nightmare started when Camoccio, from Sutton in Surrey, flew with his wife Joan from the UK to Egypt for a family vacation as part of a group of 18 friends.
They were on their way to the popular resort of Hurghada on the coast of the Red Sea in Egypt, an area known for endless sandy beaches, beaches, diving on coral reefs and a vibrant nightlife.
When he passed the airport security, he received the standard knock from a security guard and, according to his family, knocked the officer on the back.
However, the airport official is thought to have made an exception to the Brit’s “friendly gesture” and the police have been withdrawn and Mr. Camoccio has been sent to a prison cell.
He was expected to be released on Sunday, but officers have now told the family that they still need 15 days to investigate.
Rick Stanton works for Mr. Camoccio’s window hardware company in Sutton. He has worked with his boss for 30 years.
“I know him well,” said Mr. Stanton. ‘This is ridiculous. I was shocked when I heard it. I could not believe it. It was literally a shoulder touch and that was it. He runs his own company. and he does a lot for charity.
Stanton said Joan fought for the release of her husband with their youngest son, Remo, but they are limited to just two visits a week.
More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition to release Mr Camoccio, who is demanding a regular visitor to Hurghada, 250 miles southeast of the capital of Egypt, Cairo.
The nightmare began when Camoccio, from Sutton in Surrey, flew with his wife Joan from the UK to Hurghada for a family vacation with friends. When he went through security, he was knocked down by a guard and, according to his family, patted the officer on the back
More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the release of Mr. Camoccio, who demands a regular visitor to Hurghada, 250 miles southeast of the capital of Egypt, Cairo
A statement in support of Mr. Camoccio said: “He was at the last checkpoint where he was knocked down by a security guard. Tony then gently knocked the officers back and is now confronted with serious accusations.
“He was detained overnight in a cell where he remained petrified for his life because he did not know what he was allegedly accused of or what he had done wrong. “
The incident took place on Saturday, February 8 for the adult son of Camoccio, 26 years old.
He was imprisoned, but four days later the accusation of sexual abuse was made, the family say. He would appear in court the next day, but the hearing did not take place.
“The situation has blown up,” the family friend said. “Video evidence has been stopped by the Egyptian police that proves this is a lie. The officer accused Tony of having sexually abused him, which apparently is not the case.
“The police now say they want to investigate up to 15 days more. The police are not cooperating. His basic rights were abused and these are false accusations.
More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that Mr. Camoccio, a regular visitor to Hurghada, be released 250 miles southeast of the capital of Egypt, Cairo (pictured above)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth assist the family in Egypt. A spokesman said: “We are in contact with a British man who was arrested in Egypt. Our employees are in contact with his family and the Egyptian authorities’
“The police officers at the station asked his wife and son to bring food, water, clothing, and any toiletries or things he needed, and these assets were not transferred for two days.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth assist the family in Egypt.
Up to 500,000 British holidaymakers visit Egypt every year.
A spokesman said: “We are in contact with a British man who was arrested in Egypt. Our employees are in contact with his family and the Egyptian authorities. “
Earlier this month, another British tourist claimed that vacationers were mistreated at Hurghada airport after being “locked up” in a room for nine hours after their flight was delayed.
Ros Somes, 66, from Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk, told the Eastern Daily Press that she and fellow passengers were treated like cattle.
In January last year, the British wife Laura Plummer, 34, was released after 14 ‘terrible’ months in Eqyptian prisons.
Up to 500,000 British holidaymakers visit Egypt every year. In January last year, the British wife Laura Plummer, 34, was released after 14 “gruesome” months in Eqyptian prisons
Regarding her ordeal at Good Morning Britain, Laura said: “There was fighting every night in Hurghada”
The clerk from Hull was caged for three years on Boxing Day 2017 for taking 290 tablets of Tramadol on land during a flight from Manchester to Hurghada.
Mrs. Plummer was initially imprisoned in Hurghada before being transferred to Al Qanater, a completely female prison in Cairo.
Regarding her ordeal at Good Morning Britain, Laura said: “There was fighting in Hurghada every night.
“I witnessed the most horrible things I never thought I could see in my life. I was there two and a half months … that was the worst.
“The worst moment was Hurghada when I saw women being tortured with sticks on my second day.”