Former parliamentarian Hamdi Hassan died inside his prison in the “notorious” Scorpion prison, south of Cairo, after spending more than eight years of arbitrary detention in a solitary cell.
Hamdi Hassan is a former member of Parliament, who stayed for three consecutive terms between 2000 and 2012. He was a well-known ENT surgeon in Alexandria Governorate.
Sources close to Hamdi’s family stated that the authorities handed over his body to his family, and he was buried in strict security measures.
The authorities had arrested Hamdi Hassa” on August 19, 2013, and issued several prison sentences against him in political cases.
With the death of Hamdi, the number of victims of death inside detention centers in November has risen to five, and the number of victims in Egyptian prisons since the beginning of this year has reached 43, most of whom died as a result of medical negligence concurrent with poor detention conditions, which raised the total number of victims since July 2013 to 910 victims.
The Egyptian authorities are holding hundreds of political detainees in the Scorpion Prison who are at risk of death as a result of deliberate medical negligence, preventing entry of medicines, as well as canceling weekly and exceptional visits on official holidays, and completely depriving inmates of ventilation, electricity, and hot water.