Another death in custody due to medical negligence

June 14, 2016

An Egyptian activist died in prison on June 12, EgyptWatch has learnt. Maged Al-Hanafi, aged 35 from the Suez governorate, died after his health deteriorated due to medical negligence where he was being held.  

Al-Hanafi had multiple tumours and had had surgery to remove his colon, however prison authorities refused to return him to hospital after the operation.

Al-Hanafi was arrested on December 11, 2013, at an oil company where he worked. On February 15, 2015, he was sentenced to three years in prison.

“He had cancer and we recently filed a request to transfer him to a hospital outside prison for better treatment, with his deteriorating health condition, but the prison’s administration refused and insisted he remained in the prison’s hospital,” his lawyer, Ezzat Ghoneim, said.

“Al-Hanafi was accused in a case relating to protests although at the time he was on a work-related mission. We await his wife’s arrival to receive his corpse from the Zeinhom morgue in preparation for his burial in his hometown, Suez.”

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