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CAIR Welcomes Release of Egyptian-American Detained at Peaceful Anti-Coup Protest

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/30/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the release of Mohamed Soltan, an American citizen detained in Egypt after he was shot in 2013 during a peaceful protest against the military coup in that nation.

Soltan, a 27-year-old graduate of Ohio State University, had been sentenced to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading “false news.” He had been on a hunger strike in an Egyptian prison since January 26, 2014.

CAIR had repeatedly called on the Obama administration to seek Soltan’s release and had been working with State Department officials to that end.

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We welcome the release of Mohamed Soltan from his unjust imprisonment. We also urge Egyptian authorities to release Mr. Soltan’s father, Dr. Salah Soltan, and to free the tens of thousands of political prisoners similarly languishing in Egyptian prisons, including deposed President Mohamed Morsi.â€

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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