Africa News Tue, 14 Jan 2020

Egyptian-American hunger striker dies in prison

 Moustafa Kassem Moustafa Kassem

The United States has confirmed the death of an Egyptian-American, Moustafa Kassem, who had been imprisoned for alleged involvement in anti-government protests after President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi came to power in Egypt in 2013.

The US State Department said Mr Kassem's death in custody was needless, tragic and avoidable.

He had been on a hunger strike and had stopped taking liquids on Thursday.

He was one of 600 people sentenced in a mass trial over a sit-in that ended with the security forces killing hundreds of protesters.

The New York Times says the 54-year-old had insisted he had no links to opposition politics and when he was detained by Egyptian soldiers, they "snatched his American passport and stomped it on the ground".

Source: bbc.com