CAIRO: Mohamed Sultan’s family announced Monday that they would join their son in his hunger strike that has lasted for about 9 months, and demanded his release.
“We are in a panic about Sultan’s continuing detention that has lasted more than 14 months, with no specific evidences or charges, as his trial sessions are always adjourned. Also there are others who are on hunger strike hoping for justice, although they are ignored,” the statement read.
The statement published by the Free Sultan Facebook page added that they “would not allow a peaceful citizen to die starving, handcuffed and unable to move without doing their best to show their objection and solidarity.”
“We call on the American government along with international organizations to put pressure on the Egyptian judiciary to release Sultan,” the group stated, adding, “Sultan is jailed although he didn’t commit a real crime.”
Sultan’s family said they welcomed anyone who would like to join them in the hunger strike, adding they also welcomed people to fast from sunrise to sunset in solidarity.
Following his arrest in August 2013, Sultan began his hunger strike Jan. 26, 2014 to protest his imprisonment. Sultan’s health has since been reported to have deteriorated.
Sultan faces charges of participating in the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in and publishing false information meant to disrupt public stability.
It was reported security forces detained him at his house searching for his father Salah Sultan, who is believed to have affiliations with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.