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28 August, 2015

Another dissident dies in Egypt's prison

Human rights activists said Khaled Zahran was pronounced dead on Thursday shortly after admission to a hospital in the central Egyptian city of Asyut, situated 375 kilometers (233 miles) south of the capital, Cairo. The prisoner, whose health condition had gravely worsened in recent days, died because of lack of medical services, rights activists noted. The death comes as 37-year-old Ahmed Hamed, father of three children, was pronounced dead on August 21 at a police station in the city of Faiyum, located 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Cairo.”

Two days earlier, a 40-year-old man who had been detained on charges of being a Muslim Brotherhood member also passed away in police custody 15 days after his arrest at a hospital in Matariya district in northeastern Cairo. Human rights activists in the Egyptian capital say the man was in a very critical condition due to torture when he was transferred to hospital.”

Nearly 300 political prisoners have died in Egyptian detention facilities since the then army chief and current president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, ousted Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup in July 2013. Sisi has launched a brutal crackdown on pro-Morsi protesters and brotherhood members, leading to the killing of hundreds and the arrest and imprisonment of tens of thousands, many of whom have been sentenced to death and long prison terms in mass trials. On Thursday, three Egyptian courts sentenced 52 pro-Morsi supporters to lengthy prison terms on charges of involvement in violence during anti-government protests.”

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