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Morsi's son being beaten in prison

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's son Osama is being abused in the notorious Scorpion prison, statement released by his family said yesterday.

 A security source dismissed the family's accusations as "false".

The family attributed Osama's arrest on 8 December to a statement he had published a few days earlier outlining the limitation on family visits to see his father. He had called on the United Nations and other international organisations to intervene to allow the family to see the deposed president.

Scorpion prison

    A Human Rights Watch report claims inmates are kept in cells without beds, visits by families and lawyers are restricted and authorities interfere with medical treatment. It has been described as being "designed so that those who go in don't come out again unless dead".

Morsi's family said that since Osama's arrest, they have not been allowed to visit him or give him any of his personal belongings, including medicines.

They pointed out that Osama complained to his lawyer about mistreatment inside the Scorpion prison during the recent session of his trial on 25 February.

They held the current Egyptian authorities responsible for the safety of Osama and his health, without providing further details.

A source from the prison authority, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Egypt's prison service does not violate regulations and that prisoners are not deprived of their basic needs.

The security source added that when visits to inmates in prison are prevented, this happens for "security reasons".

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