US activists rally for journalist detained in Egypt

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

American Muslim Society and Egyptian Americans demand release of U.S. citizen held behind bars in Egypt for

American Muslim Society and Egyptian Americans demand release of U.S. citizen held behind bars in Egypt for "supporting" the government of the country's toppled leader, Morsi.

WASHINGTON - About 100 Egyptian Americans and members of The Council on American-Islamic Relations have demonstrated in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C., calling for the release of U.S. citizen journalist Mohammed Soltan.  

Soltan, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian origin, has been on hunger strike in an Egyptian prison for 80 days after being detained on August 25 last year.

He was taken into custody after being shot during a protest against the military-backed ouster of Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi, and his trial has been postponed several times.  

After the protest, Soltan’s brother, Omar, told the Anadolu Agency that his life and that of his brother were at risk.

He said that, with Mohammed's health deteriorating rapidly, he urgently needed to be treated and the United States authorities should protect the rights of one of their citizens.

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