Deported US-Egyptian activist gives up nationality

Mohamed Soltan, the son of senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Salah Soltan was released from an Egyptian prison after relinquishing his Egyptian nationalityand is on his way to the USA.

Deported US-Egyptian activist gives up nationality

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian-American jailed in Egypt for nearly two years for involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has been released and is headed for the United States, his family said on Saturday.

Mohamed Soltan was among thousands detained after president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president.

An Egyptian court had condemned Soltan's father, Salah, to death.

"By the grace of God, we are incredibly happy to confirm that Mohamed is on his way home after nearly two years in captivity," wrote Soltan's sister Hanaa on Facebook.

"After extensive efforts, the U.S. Government has successfully secured Mohamed's deportation back home to the U.S., mercifully concluding this dark chapter for Mohamed and our family."

The family has run a campaign to free her 27-year-old brother, who had been on hunger strike in detention and has appeared emaciated in photographs. His U.S. citizenship has meant U.S. officials have called for his release, citing concerns about his health.

A court said Mohamed had supported the movement and transmitted false news. His family deny he was a member of the Brotherhood, unlike his father, who was a senior figure in the group.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Mayıs 2015, 17:39