Human rights activists in Egypt have said that the Egyptian detainee,
Mahmoud Abdel Majeed Mahmoud Saleh, died in his cell in the
notorious Scorpion wing of Tora Prison, south of Cairo, as a result of
medical negligence and severe cold.
His sister confirmed that he died inside the Scorpion as a result of
medical negligence and the prevention of treatment.
Mahmoud Abdel Majeed Saleh, 46, born on October 14, 1973, worked in
the field of media, printing, and publishing, and is the eldest child.
During his detention his mother died in 2015 from grief, according to
social media pages related to political detainees in Egypt.
Mahmoud Abdel Majeed has four children, the eldest is called Nadia
and is in the third secondary class, then Noor al-Din is in the first
secondary class, and after him Abdel Majeed is in the first grade
preparatory, and the youngest, Suhaila, in the fifth grade of elementary
Human rights activists say that the prison administration have
prevented the entry of blankets and winter clothes for political detainees
and left them to suffer the cold in the winter.
According to former detainees in the notorious Scorpion wing, the cells
are poorly ventilated, but their windows with iron bars do not close and
the humidity rises and they become refrigerators in the winter.
Mahmoud Abdel Majeed was not in a critical medical condition, but the
severe cold claimed his life, according to human rights activists.
The prison administration did not transfer him to the hospital, in short:
“They let him die in the cold.”
Human rights organisations say that there are 33 detained Egyptian
journalists who are members of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate,
while a total of 72 journalists and media workers were arrested at the
end of 2019.
Political detainees in Egypt suffer from medical neglect, and over the
past years, hundreds of them have died.
There is no specific number on Egyptian prison deaths, whether as a
result of torture, medical negligence, or even natural death.
All figures issued by unofficial bodies only show the scale of the disaster
in estimated numbers.
The Adalah Centre for Rights and Freedoms, an Egyptian civil society
organisation, documented in a recent report 22 deaths as a result of
medical negligence in Egyptian prisons from the beginning of 2019 until
The centre confirmed that the numbers have increased over time as
there are more detainees still suffering from medical neglect and are in
need of treatment so that they do not follow the fate of their
In another human rights assessment, the Arab Organisation for Human
Rights – an Egyptian civil society organisation operating in Britain –
documented the deaths of 717 people in various detention facilities,
including 122 who were killed by torture by security personnel; 480 died
as a result of medical negligence, 32 as a result of overcrowding and
poor conditions of detention, and 83 as a result of corruption in the
Al Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and
Torture, an Egyptian civil society organisation, has monitored deaths in
various detention facilities as a result of torture since 2015 until the first
half of 2019. In 2015 80 citizens died in different detention facilities,
including five who died as a result of torture.