Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader dies in detention

Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader and parliamentarian Farid Ismail died in detention of hepatitis C complications

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Former parliamentarian and senior Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Farid Ismail dies in detention as a result of hepatitis C complications, Egyptian prison authorities say he was admitted into a governmental hospital two days ago, then fell into a coma and died on Wednesday night.

Ismail, 58, a parliamentarian during deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s rule, was detained in his Nile Delta hometown of Zagazig waiting for verdicts in several cases along with other senior leaders. 

Security sources added that he was transferred to the hospital prison hospital on Saturday and did not attend the last session of his trial last Sunday.

His lawyers claim prison authorities ignored them when they asked to transfer him to a hospital weeks ago, which later contributed to his health deterioration.

"We asked the court multiple times in the past month to move him to an outside hospital because his health was deteriorating," his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsood told Reuters.

"The court agreed but the prison never implemented (the order)."

Ismail was scheduled to serve 7 years in prison for charges related to violence following the dispersal of Rab’aa and Nahda camps in August 2013 in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed.

Next Saturday a court hearing will take place for Ismail, who only served two days from his past verdict before his death, his family confirmed his health deteriorated significantly and the authorities negligence is to blame.

TRTWorld and agencies