Whereabouts Unknown Of Ohio State Graduate Arrested In Egypt
An Ohio State University graduate remains missing after his arrest in Egypt. The man was a well-known spokesperson for Muslim Brotherhood activists. Mohamed Soltan, 25, was a visible figure in Egypt, conducting numerous interviews with Western reporters on behalf of those calling for President Mohamed Morsiâs reinstatement. According to a friend, Soltan had been in Egypt since January, working for an oil services company. Kareem El-Hosseiny has known Soltan since middle school. El-Hosseiny said Soltanâs prominence made him a target. In a facebook post in the days leading up to his arrest, Soltan downplayed being shot in the arm during an interview with Al-Jazeera. "I really appreciate all of the love and concern. I'm fine and our household is doing much better than most households in Egypt who have lost a son/daughter/mother/father/uncle.. Etc. My injury is not worth talking abt amidst all of these massacres," Soltan wrote on August 19. El-Hosseiny said Soltan is charged with trying to create chaos and break apart the police among other charges. âFor someone to come out and say that heâs out there promoting a violent uprising or anything like that is completely ridiculous just because of the fact that it would be detrimental to our own efforts to push for violence," El-Hosseiny said. El-Hosseiny, who participated in protests with Soltan, noted his friend is not part of the Muslim Brotherhood. âThe reasons we went wasnât because we supported Morsi and his policies. We supported Morsi because he was elected president, and thatâs how democracies work. You elect a guy, youâre stuck with him until the next election cycle.â? Soltonâs friends and family have reached out to area U.S. Congressional members for help with his release.