On April 5, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Ahmed Abdel Basit Mohamed for “administrative immigration violations.” This was not the first time Basit had been charged. In 2016, an Egyptian court sentenced Basit to death in absentia for his and seven others’ role in several terrorist attacks. His conviction was part of one of the largest Muslim Brotherhood terrorism trials in Egypt, known as the Case of the Progressive Operations Committee (POC).
The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and several other media outlets have framed Basit’s arrest as a human rights case, claiming that Basit was “condemned over pro-democracy protests in Egypt.” The truth is that Basit was convicted of terrorism in Egypt after organizing a deadly riot. Few people would consider such violence a “pro-democracy protest.”
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