US Citizen Moustafa Kassem Dies in Egyptian Jail

Moustafa Kassem was Arrested for Participating in Protests that Toppled Hosni Mubarak


A US-Egyptian citizen has died in an Egyptian prison, after six years in custody, Egypt’s attorney general confirmed in a statement.

Moustafa Kassem, a dual citizen of the US and Egypt, died in a hospital after his health deteriorated after leading a hunger strike in jail following his conviction in September 2018.

The US confirmed Mr. Kassem’s death saying it would raise concerns over the country’s human rights record.

An autopsy has since been ordered to determine the cause of Mr. Kassem’s death.

Kassem was arrested after the sit-in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo that followed the uprising which led to the toppling of Egypt’s longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

Hundreds of protesters were killed in the unrest.

Kassem and more than 600 others were arrested and sentenced to various jail terms in a mass trial. Seventy-five people were sentenced to death for participating in the protests.

The Egyptian government has been criticized for failing to investigate and prosecute even a single member of the security forces.