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Brit tourist jailed in Egypt for stroking the guard, thanks MailOnline for helping with the release

A British tourist who was imprisoned in Egypt for petting an airport guard on his back today thanked the MailOnline for helping secure his release in Egypt.

Tony Camoccio, 51, was detained in the notorious police station One Hurghada for five days after the official falsely accused him of sexual abuse when he went home after a family vacation at a resort on the Red Sea.

But yesterday a judge put an end to his nightmare when he found that there was insufficient evidence to stop Mr. Camoccio and release him.

He looked tired and complained about a sore throat. Camoccio from Sutton, Surrey, was greeted by about half a dozen relatives at Gatwick Airport before being deported.

In short, next to his wife Joan and son Remo, Mr. Camoccio said: ‘I just want to thank everyone. I’m tired, very tired. We just want to go home. All my family is here.

Mr Camoccio

Mr Camoccio

Mr Camoccio

Camoccio was greeted today by friends and family when he arrived at Gatwick Airport on Sunday afternoon

Tony Camoccio, 51, returns to Gatwick today accompanied by his wife Joan after a week-long trial in an Egyptian prison

Tony Camoccio, 51, returns to Gatwick today accompanied by his wife Joan after a week-long trial in an Egyptian prison

Tony Camoccio, 51, returns to Gatwick today accompanied by his wife Joan after a week-long trial in an Egyptian prison

Mr Camoccio all smiled today despite his exhaustion after being held in a grim Egyptian prison cell for stroking a guard on the back

Mr Camoccio all smiled today despite his exhaustion after being held in a grim Egyptian prison cell for stroking a guard on the back

Mr Camoccio all smiled today despite his exhaustion after being held in a grim Egyptian prison cell for stroking a guard on the back

This is when Mr. Camoccio from Sutton in Surrey was arrested at the airport after the guard had taken offense at his actions and accused the Brit of sexual assault

This is when Mr. Camoccio from Sutton in Surrey was arrested at the airport after the guard had taken offense at his actions and accused the Brit of sexual assault

This is when Mr. Camoccio from Sutton in Surrey was arrested at the airport after the guard had taken offense at his actions and accused the Brit of sexual assault

‘I just want to thank everyone, but I have to go back home. I really have a sore throat. “

His sister Liz Doody added: “We are very relieved that we got him home. We appreciate the help of the public and yourself [MailOnline].

“The online support was great. It really made speed. And thank you very much for everything. ”

Camoccio, who runs a window company, lived in constant fear after his arrest.

He was crammed into a dirty cell with 25 other prisoners, without regular access to food and water, abused by guards in a prison where beatings are freely distributed.

His supporters told how he lay awake at night listening to the shouts of other prisoners being tortured and shaking when he first appeared in court that he could not speak.

Tony Camoccio (second from left) pictured after his release with his wife Joan, son Remo (far right) and his lawyer Elezab Ali Elezab

Tony Camoccio (second from left) pictured after his release with his wife Joan, son Remo (far right) and his lawyer Elezab Ali Elezab

Tony Camoccio (second from left) pictured after his release with his wife Joan, son Remo (far right) and his lawyer Elezab Ali Elezab

51-year-old father Peter Camoccio said his son was detained in an Egyptian prison cell without a roof and slept on a concrete floor with only a blanket for warmth after he was arrested

51-year-old father Peter Camoccio said his son was detained in an Egyptian prison cell without a roof and slept on a concrete floor with only a blanket for warmth after he was arrested

51-year-old father Peter Camoccio said his son was detained in an Egyptian prison cell without a roof and slept on a concrete floor with only a blanket for warmth after he was arrested

Tony Camoccio, pictured with his wife Joan and son Remo, is relieved that he has left prison

Tony Camoccio, pictured with his wife Joan and son Remo, is relieved that he has left prison

Tony Camoccio, pictured with his wife Joan and son Remo, is relieved that he has left prison

Mr. Camoccio's nightmare started on Saturday, February 8, when he joked on the back of the airport on a security guard after he was searched home by the officer at the airport

Mr. Camoccio's nightmare started on Saturday, February 8, when he joked on the back of the airport on a security guard after he was searched home by the officer at the airport

Mr. Camoccio’s nightmare started on Saturday, February 8, when he joked on the back of the airport on a security guard after he was searched home by the officer at the airport

They launched a huge campaign with an online petition with more than 5,000 signatures and protested outside the Egyptian embassy in Mayfair, London.

“Tony’s friends have made him proud,” said Christine Sachett, 68, who has known Mr. Camoccio’s family for over 50 years.

“But the whole country has put their support behind the petition and people around the world have signed.

“I feel on cloud nine. I couldn’t be happier for Tony, his wife and his children. Tony never earned this. Egypt is definitely not on my list of places to go on holiday. “

Camoccio was handcuffed after the accusation was made at Hurghada airport last Saturday.

For two days, his family couldn’t get food, water, and clothing for him, and he slept on a concrete floor in shorts and a T-shirt with just a thin blanket.

The same prison was described as “horrible” by the British woman Laura Plummer, 34, from Hull, who spent two months in prison in 2018, as part of a 14-month prison sentence for a drug offense.

Tony Camoccio (pictured left with his wife Joan, right), a British father of four is imprisoned for five days in an Egyptian prison after a pat on the airport

Tony Camoccio (pictured left with his wife Joan, right), a British father of four is imprisoned for five days in an Egyptian prison after a pat on the airport

Tony Camoccio (pictured left with his wife Joan, right), a British father of four is imprisoned for five days in an Egyptian prison after a pat on the airport

Camoccio was at the airport (above) and returned to Surrey after a family vacation with his wife Joan and son when he was arrested for stroking the guard

Camoccio was at the airport (above) and returned to Surrey after a family vacation with his wife Joan and son when he was arrested for stroking the guard

Camoccio was at the airport (above) and returned to Surrey after a family vacation with his wife Joan and son when he was arrested for stroking the guard

Mr. Comaccio was thrown into the notorious Hurghada police station, number one, where British woman Laura Plummer was detained when she was detained for smuggling painkillers

Mr. Comaccio was thrown into the notorious Hurghada police station, number one, where British woman Laura Plummer was detained when she was detained for smuggling painkillers

Mr. Comaccio was thrown into the notorious Hurghada police station, number one, where British woman Laura Plummer was detained when she was detained for smuggling painkillers

Mrs. Plummer said there was a fight every night and she saw how a prisoner was being tortured.

Camoccio was back in court exactly a week later to face the charge, which was registered as “harassment” of the guard, after the local police had asked another 15 days to investigate the alleged attack

Mr Camoccio’s wife and son were terrified at the court who were to be confronted for another two weeks in Hurghada prison.

In January last year, Mrs. Plummer (with her boyfriend) was released after 14 months in prison

In January last year, Mrs. Plummer (with her boyfriend) was released after 14 months in prison

In January last year, Mrs. Plummer (with her boyfriend) was released after 14 months in prison

However, the case collapsed because the Public Prosecution Service could not provide CCTV evidence to support their claim that Mr Camoccio had tried to push his finger into the bottom of the guard.

Mr Camoccio’s family had repeatedly asked to see camera images, but the requests were refused.

Radha Stirling, from Detained in Dubai, a campaign group who supported the Camoccio family throughout the trial, said: “Although the accusations were clearly without merit, we must emphasize that the British authorities and the international press had not paid attention to this matter. , there is no reason to believe that Tony would be a free man today.

“The dangers of legal abuse in Egypt are serious and, despite their quick resolution of this case, anyone considering a trip to the country should be aware of the risks.

“As is often the case for foreigners in the region, they have no guarantee of safe intentions if they suffer in the dark unless there is an international spotlight on their situation.”

Mrs. Plummer, a store employee from Hull, was caged for three years on Boxing Day 2017 for taking 290 tablets of Tramadol on a flight from Manchester to Hurghada

Mrs. Plummer, a store employee from Hull, was caged for three years on Boxing Day 2017 for taking 290 tablets of Tramadol on a flight from Manchester to Hurghada

Mrs. Plummer, a store employee from Hull, was caged for three years on Boxing Day 2017 for taking 290 tablets of Tramadol on a flight from Manchester to Hurghada

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