American imprisoned in Egypt dies after hunger strike

American imprisoned in Egypt dies after hunger strike

Mustafa Kassem was arrested during the tumultuous months following the ousting of elected President Mohamed Morsi as the military conducted mass arrests of his supporter.

Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An American citizen imprisoned in Egypt for more than six years under a controversial anti-protest law died Monday following a hunger strike protesting his conviction, the State Department said.

In January 2018, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters at Cairo International Airport following discussion with President Al Sisi, who succeeded Morsi, that he raised the detention of Kassem and another U.S. citizen, Ahmed Etiwy.

In June, Human Rights Watch wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to renew efforts for the release of several political prisoners, including Kassem.

Most recently in the days before Christmas, Schenker told reporters Pompeo met with Egypt's Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry several times over the year and raised concerns over "Americans detained in Egypt, including Moustafa Kassem."

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