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Washington, D.C.– Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on Mustafa Kassem’s death in an Egyptian prison. 

“I am deeply saddened and troubled that Mustafa Kassem, an American citizen who has been unjustly detained in Egypt since 2013, died in an Egyptian prison yesterday. Top U.S. officials, including from this Administration, have worked diligently to secure Kassem’s release, but Egyptian authorities have refused to cooperate and send him home. I call on Egypt to release all other American detainees, political prisoners, peaceful protestors, journalists, lawyers, and other members of civil society unjustly detained. My heart goes out to Mustafa Kassem’s family.”