Alaa Abd El-Fattah: Liz Truss vows to help free British-Egyptian activist on hunger strike for 81 days

6/21/2022 10:02:00 PM

Hollywood stars Dame Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Mark Ruffalo and Carey Mulligan are among those to campaign for Mr Abd el-Fattah's release

Hollywood stars Dame Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Mark Ruffalo and Carey Mulligan are among those to campaign for Mr Abd el-Fattah's release

Hollywood stars Dame Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Mark Ruffalo and Carey Mulligan are among those to campaign for Mr Abd el-Fattah's release.

Tuesday 21 June 2022 16:27, UKImage:Alaa Abd El-Fattah was sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of spreading false newsWhy you can trust Sky NewsLiz Truss has vowed to intervene to help free a British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist who has been on a hunger strike for 81 days after being detained in Egypt.

The Foreign Secretary told MPs she is seeking to hold a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart to raise the case of Alaa Abd El-Fattah.Mr Abd El-Fattah has nearly a decade behind bars in Egypt and last December wasafter being accused of spreading false news.

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By Rachel Russell, news reporter Tuesday 21 June 2022 16:27, UK Image: Alaa Abd El-Fattah was sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of spreading false news Why you can trust Sky News Liz Truss has vowed to intervene to help free a British-Egyptian pro-democracy activist who has been on a hunger strike for 81 days after being detained in Egypt.Getty Images Image caption, The strikes will take place at the same time as several large public events, including the first Glastonbury Festival for three years The dispute at the heart of strikes set to hit Britain's railways this week is resolvable, an industry boss says.Image caption, Festival-goers could face difficulties arriving at the site in Pilton People heading to Glastonbury Festival are being warned about potential travel problems due to planned rail strikes.Angry traffic wardens are set to add to travel chaos by going on strike over what is being described as a "huge pay cut".

The Foreign Secretary told MPs she is seeking to hold a meeting with her Egyptian counterpart to raise the case of Alaa Abd El-Fattah. Mr Abd El-Fattah has nearly a decade behind bars in Egypt and last December was after being accused of spreading false news. This weekend, the RMT union confirmed three days of strikes would go ahead on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. His family have welcomed Ms Truss's pledge after pleading for her to get involved to help free the 40-year-old , who is taking 100 calories a day in a bid to gain more time in the campaign for his release. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Network Rail and 13 train operators will walk out on June 21, 23 and 25 . Mona Seif, Mr Abd El-Fattah's sister, said today:"It's an incredible relief to hear the Foreign Secretary say, inside the Chamber, that the Government is working very hard to secure Alaa's release. A strike will also take place across the London Underground on Tuesday, with Transport for London advising passengers to walk and cycle instead. Advertisement "We've always believed that, if the FCDO put its full weight behind Alaa, his nightmare would be over. however the local council has disputed this saying all restrictions still apply.

"But he is on day 81 of hunger strike now and time is running out. "Ultimately we do want to give our people a pay increase. The firm added that some train times may be altered "and we will be in contact with customers who have already booked seats on board those trains". I hope they decide to fully commit before it's too late." The family also confirmed that their protest outside the FCDO will take place from 5pm on Wednesday after it had previously been stated by an MP in the House of Commons that the event was on Tuesday.. 'We're working very hard to secure his release' It comes after Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokeswoman Layla Moran told the House of Commons:"Alaa Abd El-Fattah is a British national currently being imprisoned in Egypt and is on day 81 of his hunger strike. Image source, Image caption, National Express said demand for coach travel was high amid rail strikes "We are working hard to increase availability to meet additional demand where possible. "He's an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience and has been in prison for his pro-democracy views for eight of the last nine years since (President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi) took power." Challenged over the apparent lack of a pay offer from many train operators, Mr Montgomery - who also runs train operator First Rail - said talks, both informal and formal, had been ongoing and discussions would continue on Monday. “This is the disgraceful practice, of sacking your own workforce to force through contractual changes.

"The family will be outside the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) today between 5pm and 7pm asking: 'Where is the Foreign Secretary?' "Would she consider meeting with them to discuss how we can ensure his release?" Ms Truss replied:"I can assure (Ms Moran) that we're working very hard to secure his release. "Lord Ahmad has met with the family and I am seeking a meeting with the Egyptian foreign minister, he's due to visit the United Kingdom shortly, and I'll be raising his case. Meanwhile, the RMT's Mick Lynch told the BBC the union would "run this campaign for as long as it takes to get a settlement", potentially for six months or more. The Glastonbury line-up includes new acts such as Arlo Parks, Doja Cat, Easy Life, Fontaines DC and Griff alongside more established names including Crowded House, Primal Scream and Supergrass." Related Topics .