Medical neglect in Tora prison claims another life

June 15, 2016

The detainee Mohamed Zaghloul from the province of Beni Suef died on June 13 EgyptWatch has learnt, due to deliberate medical neglect. This is in continuation of the policy of slow death undertaken by the Egyptian authorities which has led to a series of deaths in custody. Zaghloul is the second prisoner to die from medical neglect within 48 hours.

The detainee, Mohamed Bassiouni Zaghloul Jabali Ahmed, was 59 years old. He died in Istiqbal prison in Tora as a result of the insistence of the prison administration on putting him in solitary confinement for 15 days in inhumane conditions despite his deteriorating health. Zaghloul had been suffering from heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes before his death. A recent court ruling sentenced Zaghloul to 15 years in a political case.

Many have suffered the same fate as a result of deliberate medical neglect. Most recently was the 35-year old detainee Maged al-Hanafi who died in Tora prison hospital. These cases are in clear violation of Article 10 of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which states that:

“All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.”

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