Egypt Watch

Sami Suleiman: Detained colonel dies from medical negligence

The Egyptian Network for Human Rights said the ex-Colonel Sami Mohamed Suleiman died in the custody of Zagazig police station, Sharkeya, on August 6. Suleiman was arrested in 2016 on top of political charges, and despite obtaining release orders and suffering from cancer, the authorities have kept him in detention under unsuitable conditions. Suleiman is the first death in a detention facility in August and the 25th death since the beginning of this year.

In the same week, political detainee Ahmed El-Sayed Ali Jaballah (42 years old) died of a heart attack. Jaballah was arrested two weeks before his death. El Nadeem Center against Violence and Torture had documented, in its report for the first half of this year, the death of 21 prisoners, mainly as a result of medical negligence. 2021 saw the deaths of 60 detainees, including 52 political prisoners and eight criminal prisoners, according to We Record. In 2020, 79 cases of medical negligence were documented in various places of detention.

During the past seven years, about 774 detainees 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.