Egypt Watch

Khaled Adawy: Egyptian businessman dies while detained by police

Several human rights organisations said that an Egyptian citizen called Khaled Adawy, from Haram, Giza, died while was under enforced disappearance in a headquarters of the National Security Apparatus.

According to We Record, Egyptian Network for Human Rights, and Shehab Centre, Adawy is a businessman, who owns a garment factory. He was arrested on 17 July, and since then his family lost contact with him until the National Security handed over his body to them several days ago. Adawy is the 30th political detainee to die in 2021. Over the past several years, 774 deaths of political detainees have been recorded, most notably the late President Mohamed Morsi in court during his trial on 17 June 2019, after years of humiliation, denial of visits and intentional medical negligence.

Despite the sharp rise of the deaths among political detainees, the Egyptian authorities refused to investigate any of these cases or to allow them better medical care even if they paid for it. Although the government announced that it will vaccinate prisoners over summer, no single prisoner has been vaccinated so far, even those who demanded to be vaccinated at their own cost due to their sensitive health cases.