Egyptian student who agreed to leave US over Donald Trump Facebook comments 'will become poster boy for hating America', says lawyer

'I literally don’t mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy, I would actually be doing the whole world a favor'

Samuel Osborne
Tuesday 08 March 2016 08:29
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a campaign rally 7 March, 2016, in Concord, North Carolina
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd at a campaign rally 7 March, 2016, in Concord, North Carolina

A student pilot from Egypt has agreed to leave the US after posting on his Facebook page to say the world would thank him he killed Donald Trump.

“I literally don’t mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy, I would actually be doing the whole world a favor,” Emadeldin Elsayed wrote, according to his lawyer, Hani Bushra.

US Secret Service agents interviewed the 23-year-old in early February about the post. Mr Elsayed was not charged with a crime, but his visa to attend flight school was revoked.

He was then arrested by immigration authorities, who said he could return home voluntarily as long as he departed by 5 July.

Mr Elsayed said earlier that he never intended to hurt anyone and wrote the post because of Mr Trump's comments about Muslims.

"He's being detained, I think, primarily because he's a Muslim and he's a Middle Easterner," Mr Bushra told the Associated Press.

"This kid is going to become a poster boy for hating America."

Donald Trump previously called for a "complete shutdown" on Muslims entering the US.

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