Taha, an Egyptian producer for Al Jazeera's Arabic language channel, was planning to leave the country on January 8 after completing her reporting, but was stopped at Cairo International Airport and told she was not allowed to travel.


Airport authorities confiscated 50 tapes, video recorder, her personal computer and books, saying that they would return the items 48 hours later.


"The tapes and her computer have not yet been returned," Abdel Ghani said.


Human rights groups have complained of the existence of the Supreme State Security court in Egypt, saying its procedures often violate internationally recognised fair trial norms.