US citizen released after waiving Egyptian citizenship

Dual citizen unlawfully detained in Egypt for two years released after waiving his Egyptian citizenship

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Mohamed Sultan, who was unlawfully detained in Egypt for nearly two years without a proper charge or trial, was released on Saturday morning and is said to be heading for the United States.

According to his brother Omar Sultan, Mohamed had to waive his Egyptian citizenship so a team of American doctors could accompany him to the US.

Sultan’s lawyers say his client had no other choice as the prison authorities didn’t even allow him to transfer to a hospital given his deteriorated health conditions.

Mohamed Sultan was given the death sentence along with 37 other Muslim Brotherhood members in early April.

Omar Sultan announced the release on his Facebook page and thanked everyone who helped Mohamed or supported his cause.

Mohamed was detained in August 2013 during the brutal dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in. He has frequently stated he is not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He embarked on a hunger strike that made him lose excessive weight and caused him several health problems.

Mohamed went frequently to the Rabaa sit-in to guide foreign journalists, not to take part in the protest.

Mohamed Sultan’s hunger strike started 490 days ago and ended today.

Omar Sultan, Mohamed’s brother, had previously accused the US administration of delaying action with respect to his brother’s case in because he’s an Arab American, Mohamed is the son of senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Salah Sultan, who was sentenced to death along with deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

Egyptian authorities have long accused Mohamed Sultan of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Egyptian government classified Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organisation following the military coup of 2013 that saw Egypt’s first democratically elected president sentenced to death.

Former army general and now President Abdel Fatah el Sisi assumed power in June 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies