Hunger striker Soltan ordered to return to prison from hospital

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Oct 2014

Court date for Soltan and 50 others in 'Rabaa Control room' case adjourned to 22 October

Mohamed Soltan
A photo for Mohamed Soltan in a previous session of the trial (Photo : Courtesy of Freedom for the Brave Facebook page)

A Cairo criminal court has adjourned on Wednesday the trial of hunger striker Mohamed Soltan and an additional 50 defendants including the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide in the "Rabaa Control room" trial to next 22 October.

The court also extended the detention of defendants pending the trial and ordered that Soltan serve his detention in prison instead of the hospital.

Soltan, who has been on a hunger strike for 263 days, was transferred to Kasr Al-Aini hospital's ICU earlier this month due to internal bleeding according his family.

The 26 year-old Egyptian-American, showed up to court in critical condition while handcuffed a hospital bed before the judge ordered the cuffs be removed at the request of his lawyer.

Soltan's father, Sheikh Salah Soltan, a top MB preacher who is also facing trial in the same case asked the court to release his son between tears, he also assigned responsibility for Soltan’s health before God and the law to the court.

Salah Soltan recounted how healthy his son was before his arrest last August when he weighed 150 kg.

Soltan now weighs less than 60 kg.

The court ordered that his medical reports as well as the medical reports of other defendants in the case to be included in the case.

Among the other 50 defendants in the case are the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide Mohamed Badie, Guidance Office member Mahmoud Ghozlan and Gehad El-Hadad, media spokesperson for the Brotherhood.

The Rabaa Control room trial's defendants are accused of directing violence and chaos across the country during last summer's upheaval following the dispersal of the Pro-Morsi sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares.

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