British PM to raise hunger striker Abd el-Fattah's case during COP27

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CAIRO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said helium volition rise the lawsuit of Egyptian-British hunger striker Alaa Abd el-Fattah with Egypt's enactment during the COP27 clime acme that opened connected Sunday, the aforesaid time Abd el-Fattah said helium would halt drinking water.

Abd al-Fattah roseate to prominence with Egypt's 2011 uprising but has been detained for astir of the play since. Sentenced astir precocious successful December 2021 to 5 years connected charges of spreading mendacious news, helium has been connected hunger strike for 219 days against his detention and situation conditions.

In a missive dated Nov. 5 to Abd el-Fattah's sister Sanaa Seif, and posted by his household connected societal media, Sunak wrote that the lawsuit remained a precedence for the British authorities and had been raised with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi respective times.

"I volition proceed to accent to President Sisi the value that we connect to the swift solution of Alaa's lawsuit and an extremity to his unacceptable treatment," Sunak wrote.

"The UK's attendance astatine COP27 is different accidental to rise your brother's lawsuit with the Egyptian leadership."

Sunak's bureau confirmed the letter.

Egyptian officials person not responded to Reuters' telephone calls for remark connected Abd el-Fattah's case, but person said antecedently that helium was receiving meals and was moved to a situation with amended conditions earlier this year.

Abd el-Fattah's household said helium was lone consuming minimal calories and immoderate fibre to prolong himself earlier successful the year. After household visits successful October his sister, Sanaa Seif said: "He looks precise weak, he's fading distant slowly, helium looks similar a skeleton."

Abd el-Fattah's household said helium had told them helium would halt consuming honey, beverage and beverage connected Nov. 1 and planned to cease drinking h2o from Sunday.

"I see lights connected astir 10am arsenic a awesome of a caller day," helium wrote successful his astir caller missive to his family. "With the turning connected of the lights connected Sunday Nov. 6, I'll portion my past cupful of h2o ... thing aft that is unknown."

Egyptian authorities had to enactment wrong 3 days to prevention Abd el-Fattah, the caput of Amnesty International, Agnes Callamard, told a property league successful Cairo.

"Let's beryllium precise clear, we're moving retired of time," she said.

Reporting by Farah Saafan; Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Writing by Aidan Lewis, Editing by William Maclean

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