Today marks the anniversary of one year of arbitrary detention for Mr Mohamed Soltan and 212 days of complete hunger strike.
HRM submitted an urgent appeal to the UN working Group on Arbitrary Detention highlighting the seriously deteriorating conditions of Mr Soltan and warning of his soon death in prison should Egyptian authorities decide to continue his detention and should he go on with his hunger strike. HRM urged the UN to intervene immediately with the Egyptian authorities to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of Mr Soltan.
Mr Soltan is an American – Egyptian citizen who lived all his life in Columbus in USA. Mr Soltan moved to Egypt on 2013 and began working as a business development manager at SWANSCO Petroleum Services.
Following the military coup of 2 July 2013, Mr Soltan, who is also a political activist, joined the protests, supporting democracy. Mr Soltan became one of the media spokesmen at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, where protesters had rallied calling for the reinstatement of the deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
He was arrested from his friend’s house along with 3 other friends by Egyptian security forces on August 24th 2013 and to date remains detained in Liman Tora Prison in Cairo.
Mr Soltan is on trial on charges of terrorism and conspiracy in the renowned “the Operations Room” case. The trial lacks any evidence incriminating him and Soltan has denied all charge against him, yet the judge renews Soltan’s detention. Soltan has been arbitrarily detained arbitrarily for one year. His
Soltan was shot in his arm during the armed dispersal of the Rabia Al-Adaweya sit-in. He underwent surgery inside his cell by one of his cell mates to remove the bullet without any medical equipment after prison authorities refused to transfer him to hospital.
On 25 January Soltan began an open hunger strike protesting the charges and his unlawful detention. Soltan has lost third more than a third of his bodyweight and his health has severely deteriorated. He has not received any medical care until his life was in a critical situation and he was finally transferred to Al-Manyal Hospital. Doctors’ reports showed that Soltan suffers from clutting in the lungs and his life is at stake and he could die anytime.
As an American national, Soltan sent an urgent appeal to the US President Obama and the international community to save his life and set him free, however no response or action was received since May and until now.