The Egyptian political detainee Waheed Hassan continues his open hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day inside Abu Kebir Police Station in Sharqiya Governorate.
Hassan, who suffers from cancerous tumours, entered a hunger strike last Friday in protest against his ongoing arbitrary detention and for being denied transfer to the hospital for treatment.
Twenty days ago, the family of the Egyptian detainee Waheed Hassan Waheed, 31, had announced that he suffers cancerous tumours in his body and requires immediate transfer to hospital for treatment to save his life.
On December 29, 2016, the Egyptian authorities arrested Waheed and included him in Military Case No. 64 of 2017- known in the media as (attempt to assassinate the public prosecutor). Since then, he had been held in the high-security Scorpio prison.
During his detention, Waheed had a rare cancerous tumour in the bones. He went to have medical tests and specialised doctors required that he remain in the hospital for treatment, however, the prison administration refused and returned him back to prison.
On March 9, 2020, the Military Court acquitted him and others, and in April 2020, he was transferred to Abu Kabir police station in Sharqiya governorate to be released.
Nevertheless, instead of getting released, Waheed was subjected to enforced disappearance, to be held in custody in a new case No. 15550 of 2016, Abu Kabir misdemeanour.
Waheed is currently held in a prison that lacks the minimum standards for human prison, in which he suffers an increasing pain for the sixth year, amid a lack of medical care and deprivation of medicines.
Despite his critical health condition and lack of medical treatment, and despite having an acquittal court ruling, Waheed continues to be arbitrarily held in pre-trial detention for more than two years.