The health of former parliament and Muslim Brotherhood member Hassan Al-Prince is deteriorating after prison authorities barred him from being transferred to a hospital to be operated on, according to his family.
During the reign of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, Al-Prince was appointed the deputy to the governor of Alexandria. He was arrested on 22 August 2013, after the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya sit-in.
He is accused in several cases of violent events that took place after the dispersal, similar to hundreds of other Brotherhood members.
His family, as well as the Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), said that “he is suffering from cholecystitis, which can endanger his life”.
The ECRF added that prison authorities refused to transport him to a hospital outside the premises of the Borg El-Arab prison, where he is detained.
Al-Prince had suffered a cardiac arrest last August and had been transferred to the hospital.
Since the ouster of Morsi and the increase in the number of political detainees, reports of medical negligence and mistreatment coming from prisons have increased.
Last Friday, a political prisoner named Ibrahim Salem Hashish, 58, died in Al-Azhar hospital in Damietta, with his family accusing security and health officials of medical negligence by refusing to release him.