Egypt Watch

Egyptian detainee dies from medical negligence

Human rights organisations have revealed the death of an Egyptian detainee after his health deteriorated as a result of a diabetic coma.

The Egyptian Network, the We Record platform, and the Al-Shehab Centre announced the death of Mohamed Abdel Hamid Ahmed Abdel Hafez, 40, who was serving a 15-year prison sentence in the case known in the media as The Wagdy Ghoneim Cell.

Security forces arrested Abdel Hafez in May 2015 along with five others and he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017, then the sentence was reduced to 15 years in 2019, in a trial that lacked standards of justice, according to We Record. Ahmed Saad, the defendants’ lawyer, told Anadolu Agency that the accusations are absurd and unfounded, and the court used the highest degree of punishment.

Abdel Hafez is the third death in 2022, after the death of Anwar Musa Al-Jazzar, 51, inside a detention facility in North Sinai because of medical negligence, and the death of Ashraf Abdel Rahim, 65, in Wadi El-Natrun 440 Prison as a result of deteriorating health. Last year witnessed the death of 60 detainees inside prisons and various detention centres, including 52 political prisoners and eight criminals, including six children, in addition to 277 women subjected to detention and enforced disappearance.

In 2020 there were 79 recorded cases of medical negligence in various prisons and detention centres in Egypt, according to the Egyptian Network for Human Rights. During the past seven years, roughly 774 detainees have died in various detention facilities, including 73 in 2013, 166 in 2014, 185 in 2015, 121 in 2016, 80 in 2017, 36 in 2018, and 40 in 2019.