US Denounces 'avoidable' Citizen Death In Egypt Custody
Sumaira FH 16 days ago Tue 14th January 2020 | 09:40 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Jan, 2020 ) :An American citizen whose case was raised by top US leaders died Monday after more than six years in custody in Egypt, his representatives said, drawing criticism by Washington of its authoritarian ally.
Moustafa Kassem, a New York taxi driver originally from Egypt who was arrested on a home visit in 2013, had been on a liquid-only hunger strike since September 2018 and four days ago ceased drinking fluids.
"I'll continue to raise our serious concerns about human rights and Americans detained in Egypt at every opportunity, as will the entire team at the Department of State," he said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had raised Kassem's case last month in a meeting in Washington with Egypt's foreign minister, and Vice President Mike Pence said he raised his case directly with Sisi on a 2018 visit to Cairo.
The 64-year-old father of two, who most recently ran an auto-parts business on Long Island, was detained as part of a major crackdown in 2013 on protests against Sisi, who had seized power in a coup.
"No individualized evidence was ever presented against him," Pretrial Rights International and The Freedom Initiative, which represented him, said in a statement.
The group said Kassem was diabetic and that he was believed to have died of a heart failure, although they were awaiting an autopsy.