Senior Muslim Brotherhood member dies in Egypt prison

Second Muslim Brotherhood leader dies in prison this month in Gamasa prison, northern Egypt

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A leading Muslim Brotherhood member has died in an Egyptian prison, only two weeks after another leader of the group also died in custody due to an alleged lack of medical attention.

Mohamed Falahgy, a former parliamentarian and Freedom and Justice Party leader, died on Monday morning in Gamasa prison in northern Egypt.

Falahgy, who was 58 years old, was denied medicine for his liver disease according to Ahmad Mofreh, a human rights activist.

The Brotherhood leader was arrested on violence related charges in August 2013. Falahgy suffered from kidney stones and cirrhosis.

According to Mofreh, he is the fourteenth inmate to die in an Egyptian prison and the second Brotherhood leader to die due to medical negligence in May 2015 alone.

The total number of inmates who have died since 2013 is 265.

The first senior Brotherhood leader to die this month was Farid Ismail, also 58 years old, who died on May 13 due to hepatic encephalopathy. Ismail’s family claim he had been denied medication for hepatitis C and was taken to hospital too late.

TRTWorld and agencies