CAIRO: Mohamed Soltan began a “partial hunger strike” under pressure from his family and friends after his health began to seriously deteriorate, Soltan’s lawyer Halim Hanish told The Cairo Post Thursday.
Hanish added that he and his family are planning to file a request with Attorney General Hisham Barakat next week to approve referring Soltan to a hospital.
Soltan began a complete hunger strike Jan. 26, 2014; in objection to his detention and demanding his release. He has been jailed since August 2013, following the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in that demanded the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi.
The Free Soltan Facebook page reported Jan. 20 that “the family has been pleading with Mohamed to break his strike due to his dire condition,” but constantly he refused to break it.
The 26-year-old is being tried in a high-profile case along with over 50 other defendants, including his own father Salah, who is a prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader. The defendants, who include Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, are charged with forming an “operation room” to overthrown the regime and the state security forces.