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Mohamed Soltan's family join hunger strike to demand his release

Mohamed Soltan has been on hunger strike since 26 January to protest his detention over allegations of planning violence following the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya protest camp

Ahram Online, Monday 20 Oct 2014
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Mohammed Soltan during a trial session at Torah Police Institute (Photo: Ahram)
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The family of Mohamed Soltan, who has been detained since August 2013 for allegedly planning attacks after dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya protest camp, have joined his hunger strike.

They said Soltan had been detained for 14 months "without charge or evidence."

Their statement, posted on the 'Free Soltan' Facebook page, called for the US government to work for the release of Soltan, who is a US citizen.

"We also call on international organisations to pressure the judiciary to release Soltan,'' who is being subjected to the "worst treatment."

They called for the public join to their hunger strike.

Their move comes after a court on 15 October refused to release Soltan on medical grounds. It was the third rejection in a month.

Mohamed Soltan, 26, started a hunger strike on 26 January 2014 after his detention was extended over his alleged involvement in the so-called 'Rabaa control room' case.

More than 50 Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members are accused of forming a control room to spread chaos after the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in, which had been established to demand the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The defendants are also accused of planning attacks on police stations, public and private property, and churches.

Soltan, who holds American citizenship, studied economics at Ohio State University.

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