Egypt says US scholar barred over visa issue

Foreigners crowd the entrance to Cairo's International Airport on February 3, 2011Egypt said Sunday the reason it had barred US scholar and prominent regime critic Michele Dunne from entering the country a day earlier was because she did not have a proper visa. Dunne, who arrived at Cairo airport early Saturday, was later put on a plane to Frankfurt. The foreign ministry said Dunne had applied for a non-tourist visa at the Egyptian embassy in Washington “but then withdrew her passport,” suggesting the former diplomat arrived in Cairo seeking to enter on a tourist visa, with tourism not the purpose of her visit.

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