Google exec may be released today

Telecoms tycoon says Egyptian vice president promised Ghonim’s release

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Google exec may be released today According to reports, Wael Ghonim, missing in Egypt since 25th January, will be released from custody.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  February 7, 2011

Egyptian telecoms tycoon Naguib Sawiris revealed on Sunday that Egyptian authorities had promised to release the Google executive on Monday, according to Reuters.

Sawiris told media that he had spoken to vice president Omar Suleiman on Sunday and requested Wael Ghonim's release during talks to try to end the country's political turmoil.

Google's head of marketing for the MENA region has been missing since 25th January from Tahrir Square.

A spokeswoman for Orascom Telecom, which Sawiris is a chairman of, confirmed that Sawiris was promised that Ghonim would be released at 1400 GMT.

Google began asking for help in the search for the executive on 2nd February, giving out a UK number for people to call with information.

"A Googler, Wael Ghonim, is missing in Egypt. He has not been seen since late Thursday evening [January 25th] in central Cairo. The safety of our employees is very important to Google, so if anyone has any information please call the following UK number: +44 20 7031 3008," read a statement from Google.

Ghonim's tweets before he went missing showed support for the protestors rallying against the Egyptian government; "Pray for #Egypt. Very worried as it seems that government is planning a war crime tomorrow against people. We are all ready to die #Jan25."

Google launched a service called speak-to-tweet to aid Egyptian's to get their message out even while all internet services were cut off in the country. Google Inc's service allows people in Egypt to dial a phone number and leave a voicemail, which will then be turned into a tweet.

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