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American student released from Egyptian prison

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/07/20, 04:15 am

Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American national, returned home to New Jersey on Monday after nearly 500 days in Egypt’s Tora prison without a trial. The Freedom Initiative, a U.S.-based group that represented Amashah, said he recused his Egyptian citizenship as a condition for his release. The U.S. government pressured Egypt to free Amashah during the pandemic, noting he suffered from asthma and autoimmune disease.

Why was he arrested? Authorities detained the medical student in March 2019 after he held a poster that read “Freedom for all the political prisoners” in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. He faced charges of misusing social media and aiding a terrorist group. In May, Egypt freed Reem Mohamed Desouky, a Pennsylvania-based dual national who was held for 10 months for criticizing the Egyptian government on Facebook.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in Globe Trot on Egypt’s response to the pandemic.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 07/10/2020 03:23 pm

    I certainly hope that any American who plans to spend time in Egypt will take note of these two cases.  Being a Westerner imprisoned in a third world country has to rank right at the top of terrifying experiences. Praise God these two men were released.