Lowey Calls on Egyptian President to Fairly and Swiftly Resolve April Corley Case

April 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and its State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, sent a letter on Friday to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to urge the president to reach a fair, just, and swift agreement with April Corley, an American citizen who was severely injured in Egypt’s western desert by Egyptian armed forces on September 13, 2015.

“This attack, which some Egyptian officials have admitted was an accident, lasted for several hours and resulted in the deaths of eight Mexican tourists and four Egyptians, as well as the wounding of at least eight others,” Chairwoman Lowey wrote. “I recently met with April Corley in Washington, D.C., and was moved by her story. This brave young woman experiences constant pain as she recovers from wounds that required 10 surgeries. Because of the attack, April also suffers from severe PTSD that impacts her day-to-day life. A former professional athlete, April will never be able to compete again.”

“To date, the Egyptian government has offered April $140,000 in damages, less than the cost of her medical evacuation out of Egypt. This is unacceptable. Until this American citizen is provided compensation that is commensurate with her pain, suffering, and loss, I regret to inform you that I will have to oppose any additional sale or upgrades of any AH-64E Apache helicopters to Egypt,” the Chairwoman concluded.

The full text of the letter can be read here.