Egyptian-American Soltan released, flies back to US 

In this March 9, 2015 photo, Mohammed Soltan is pushed by his father Salah during a court appearance in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian officials say authorities have freed Soltan, a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen, Saturday May 30, 2015, Soltan  had been sentenced to life in prison on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading "false news." (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy) ***EGYPT OUT***

May 31, Washington: An Egyptian-American who had been sentenced to life in prison in Egypt and had been on a hunger strike for more than a year before being freed has arrived back in the United states.

The Washington Post reports that Mohammed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, arrived Saturday night at Dulles International Airport. It said he was greeted with tears and hugs.

Soltan had been convicted of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading false news, one of thousands imprisoned after the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The 27-year-old Ohio State University graduate and former Barack Obama campaigner had been on a hunger strike over his detention of more than 14 months, and his family said his health was deteriorating.

The Oslo Times and Agencies

 

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