Prisoners of conscience in Egyptian prisons continue to die due to the lack of medical care, and being held in inhuman detention conditions.
The lawyer Ali Abdel Nabi Ali Kassab, 57, a prominent lawyer of political detainees, from Dakahlia governorate, died in the notorious Scorpion Prison.
He was arrested and detained five months ago pending case No. 2976 of 2021 Supreme State Security Felonies.
Kassab’s death comes a few days following the death of detainee Osama Hassan Al-Jamal,62, in a hospital after reaching a critical condition in Mokattam Police Department, which lacked adequate medical care for elderly and sick detainees.
Since the current regime took power in Egypt, the number of deaths inside prisons and places of detention due to medical negligence and torture has reached 934.
Prisoners of conscience suffer from medical negligence in Egyptian detention facilities, which lack international standards for places of detention suitable for humans, in addition to the overcrowding in cells, malnutrition, and lack of hygiene and ventilation.
Since President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi assumed power in the country, the Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on dissidents and critics, arresting and detaining thousands in very poor detention conditions. Many of those detainees have been convicted and sentenced in unfair trials, or held without trial for years on baseless terrorism charges.