Egypt Watch

Aboul Fotouh has a new health crisis in prison

Monday, Hudhayfa Aboul Fotouh, son of the Strong Egypt Party leader and former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, said his father had a health crisis in his detention in Tora Prison.

“I just came back from Tora Prison… My father suffered a health crisis due to poor weather. I was not given any information about the severity of the crisis or his current condition,” he said.

Aboul Fotouh, 71, has had health problems while in solitary confinement. He had a major heart attack in April after being attacked by two correctional officers and a group of soldiers. In July 2021, he also experienced a severe heart attack that human rights sources deemed “fatal.” He attempted to get aid for hours all night, but no one answered. In January, UN experts expressed grave concern about his health, detention conditions, and the lack of adequate medical care.

Aboul Fotouh suffers from regular angina attacks that require urgent examination and close monitoring in an appropriate medical setting. He also suffers from advanced prostate disease, in addition to other conditions. Aboul Fotouh was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2018, after spending four years of pretrial detention in a solitary cell, and was tried before one of the worst superior courts in the country, according to rights groups.