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Opposition figure dies in coup jail

February 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

Dr Safwat Khalil, an opponent of Egypt’s military coup that ousted Egypt’s first elected President Mohammad Morsi, died on Thursday evening due to medical neglect during his continued imprisonment in the Al-Mansoura public detention facility in Egypt.

According to the deceased’s lawyer, “Dr Khalil had been arrested on 24 August even though he was diagnosed with cancer. He saw the prosecution on 31 August and an order to resume his detention was issued. He needed chemotherapy and healthcare, but all he received was neglect. He was detained in inhumane conditions with 40 other inmates in a cell that could not even facilitate a quarter of that number.”