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Whereabouts Unknown Of Ohio State Graduate Arrested In Egypt
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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 Morsiâ€™s 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 Soltanâ€™s 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.
â€œFor someone to come out and say that heâ€™s 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.
â€œThe reasons we went wasnâ€™t because we supported Morsi and his policies. We supported Morsi because he was elected president, and thatâ€™s how democracies work. You elect a guy, youâ€™re stuck with him until the next election cycle.â€
Soltonâ€™s friends and family have reached out to area U.S. Congressional members for help with his release.