The AP agency said, quoting the sisters of imprisoned activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah, Mona and Sanaa, that Abdel Fattah had recently obtained British citizenship and requested a consular visit in prison to discuss the legal paths available to him and coordinate with family lawyers in England. As an Egyptian citizen, he also requested the Public Prosecution Office to investigate all complaints and reports related to all violations he has been subjected to since his “kidnapping” in September 2019 until today. Abdel Fattah has been on hunger strike for about ten days in protest of his trial and imprisonment conditions.
Mona and Sanaa explained that they and their brother acquired British citizenship through their mother, Laila Soueif, born in London in May 1956. They added that the family had not previously sought to understand their legal position in terms of British citizenship but decided in 2019 to search all means to get Alaa out of jail. Abdel Fattah is serving a five-year prison sentence after he had already been in prison for five years.