Egypt gives U.S. citizen life sentence; was anti-govt protester and ‘former Obama campaigner’

Egypt gives U.S. citizen life sentence; was anti-govt protester and ‘former Obama campaigner’

An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen on a monthslong hunger strike to life in prison Saturday on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading false news.

Mohammed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in August 2013, when security forces came looking for his father at his house. …

Mohammed, a 27-year-old Ohio State University graduate and former Barack Obama campaigner, has been on a hunger strike over his detention for more than 14 months, and his health is rapidly deteriorating, his family said.

The court also upheld death sentences for 14 people, including Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and Salah Soltan, and sentenced 36 others to life in prison, including three Egyptian journalists. …

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who as army chief had overthrown Morsi amid mass protests against the Islamist leader, issued a decree in November that allows him to deport foreign defendants convicted or accused of crimes.

“We’re hoping that Mohammed will be deported from Egypt under that new law,” said Omar. The government has given no indication that such a move is under consideration. …

The State Department said the U.S. government is “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision.

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