UK to help free activist on hunger strike in Egypt


Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she is seeking a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart to secure the release of a jailed activist who has been on a partial hunger strike since April.

Alaa Abdel Fattah was given British citizenship through his British-born mother.

He was a key figure in the 2011 uprising that ousted Egypt’s autocratic president Hosini Mubarak.

Fattah was given a five-year jail sentence last December after being accused of spreading false news.

His family has welcomed Truss’s pledge, saying time to help is running out.

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