Egypt freed Mohamed Sultan the American-Egyptian activist after he renounced his Egyptian citizenship. giving up his Egyptian citizenship permitted the authorities to release him and he was deported to USA.
Sultan, is the son of detained Islamist figure Salah Sultan . he was arrested from his home in mid-2013 and had gone on a 400 days hunger strike to protest his detention . he is facing multiple charges including “financing of an anti-government sit-in” and “spreading false news” in the case known by the media as “Rabaa Control Room” . he was sentenced to life in April.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi approved a law in 2014 that allows the government to deport foreign defendants to their home countries for trial.
this is not the first time to apply this law , it was applied to Al moJazeera Australian journalist Peter Griste and journalist Mohamed Fahmy who held dual Egyptian-Canadian nationality after relinquished his Egyptian citizenship to be able to travel back to Canada .