Does a prisoner have to be a deserter or tied to the Brotherhood to get Barack Obama to call out for their release?
Barack Obama has called for the release of Egyptian American Mohamed Soltan who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Egypt for taking part in a violent protest against the coup by President el-Sisi who unseated The Muslim Brotherhood dictator, Mohammad Morsi.
His father Saleh, a prominent member of the Brotherhood, was sentenced to death.
In a statement, the United States State Department said that it was “deeply disappointed” in the decision and “deeply concerned about Mr. Soltan’s health and detention.” The statement called for Egypt to release Mr. Soltan “on humanitarian grounds.”
CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood organization, has been insisting the president call out for Soltan’s release.
Barack Obama has been relatively silent on Dr. Shakil Afridi’s imprisonment in Pakistan. Dr. Afridi helped the United States capture Osama bin Laden. Obama hasn’t been very forceful about securing the release of our Marine in jail in Iran – Amir Hekmati – nor has he helped the WaPo reporter Jason Rezaian, former FBI agent Bob Levinson, American pastor Saeed Abedini, also imprisoned in Iran.