US Muslims rally for journalist detained in Egypt

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

US Muslims rally for journalist detained in Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

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.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Nisan 2014, 12:03