Muslim Brotherhood member dies in Egyptian prison

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According to Human Rights Watch, 95 detainees died in Egyptian prisons last year alone

CAIRO – A Muslim Brotherhood member has died in an Egyptian prison.

Wahid Ramadan had been serving a one-year jail term on alleged charges of joining a banned group and distributing anti-regime leaflets.

“My husband, 59, passed away in Zagaziq prison in Sharqiya [in the Nile Delta],” Ezza Attalah, Ramadan’s wife, told Anadolu Agency on Monday. 

Ramadan was set to be released in mid-December.

Attalah said her husband had been suffering from several diseases and she cited “medical negligence” as the cause of his death.

“The prosecution and the court rejected our appeal for releasing Ramadan due to his sickness,” she said.

There was no comment from Egyptian authorities on the incident. 

The Egyptian regime has launched a harsh crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since the 2013 coup against President Mohamed Morsi.

Over the course of the last two and a half years, security forces have killed hundreds — and detained tens of thousands — of Brotherhood members and Morsi supporters.

According to Human Rights Watch, 95 detainees died in Egyptian prisons last year alone.

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