Target: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt
Goal: Release innocent American held in deplorable conditions on trumped-up terrorism charges.
American journalist Mohamed Soltan was recently sentenced to life imprisonment after being unfairly convicted of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, a now-banned political party in Egypt. The Ohio State graduate was working as a media translator during the coup of 2013 when he was shot by a sniper and apprehended by police. Despite the fact that associating with the Muslim Brotherhood was not made illegal until after his arrest, Soltan was convicted of terrorist activity and supplying false information to the media.
While waiting for his trial, Soltan has been kept in solitary confinement, only allowed a half hour outdoors per day and a 20-minute visit with his family per week. Photographs leaked to the media showed Soltan with severe bruises and injuries, with claims from family members that he had been beaten. He is currently on a hunger strike to protest the conditions of his detention, and is so weak that he needed a wheelchair to attend his trial.
On the same day as Soltan, dozens of others were sentenced to life imprisonment on similar, unsubstantiated terrorism charges in a mass trial. The defendants in the trial were not made aware of any evidence against them, nor were they allowed to defend themselves. So far, Egypt has sentenced thousands of alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to death, with 529 execution sentences issued in March alone.
Egypt’s assault on innocents has been ongoing for nearly two years. Soltan, like many others, was sentenced without a fair trial, and is likely to die in prison if the conditions of his detention do not improve. Sign the petition below to demand that Egypt release this innocent journalist to the United States.
Dear Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
American journalist Mohamed Soltan was recently sentenced to life in prison on unsubstantiated charges of terrorism and reporting false news. The Arabic-speaking American was simply working as a translator, but was shot and apprehended by Egyptian police in the 2013 coup. He has been held in solitary confinement since then, with extremely limited access to the outdoors and visitors.
Soltan has been on a hunger strike to protest the conditions of his detention for months, resulting in extreme weakness and the inability to walk. Without adequate treatment, this innocent man is likely to perish. We, the undersigned, demand the immediate extradition of Mohamed Soltan to the United States of America.
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