An American detainee dies in an Egyptian prison after his hunger strike


Egyptian activists and human rights organizations said that the American detainee of Egyptian origin, Mustafa Qassem, died today, Monday, inside Tora Al-Masry prison as a result of his hunger strike.

The “We are Recording” human rights platform said on its Twitter page: “The death of Egyptian-American citizen Mustafa Qassem inside Tora Prison Hospital.”

Egyptian American activist Aya Hegazy said in a tweet on Twitter: “The Egyptian-American citizen Mustafa Qassem, who was convicted in a fourth case, has now died as a result of the hunger strike. Another prisoner is killed by the cells.”

Mustafa Qassem, an Egyptian with American citizenship, had gone on a hunger strike to demand his release. Qasim, 54, was facing a 15-year prison sentence after being convicted of the famous Rabaa sit-in protest, after his arrest in Egypt in 2013.
Last December, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, raised the case of Qasim, who has been detained in Egypt for more than six years.

Qasim had sent a message from his prison last year to US President Donald Trump and his deputy Mike Pence, to ask the Egyptian authorities to intervene to release him, confirming that he was on a working visit to Egypt, and he was arrested unlawfully.

The Cairo Criminal Court had issued in September of last year various verdicts against 739 people ranged between execution and aggravated imprisonment in the case known as “the dissolution of the Rab’a Adawiya sit-in.”

In early 2018, US Vice President Mike Pence discussed with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi the issue of incarcerating Qasim and others holding American citizenship in Egyptian prisons, an estimated number of 20 people, and stressed at the time that Sisi promised to deal with this matter, according to the American “Al-Hurra” channel.

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