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Egypt: CFJ documents death of a political detainee in Zagazig Police Station as a result of harsh detention conditions

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Press release

Committee for Justice

Geneva: January 29, 2023

The deceased detainee was Sameh Tolba Saleh Al-Zoq (53 years old). He had worked as a refrigeration and air conditioning technician in Henbay, Zagazig Center in Sharkia. He died due to the deterioration of his health inside the police station, where he was detained for two months after the end of his two-year prison sentence.

The death was due to the poor conditions of detention inside the aforementioned police station, and the lack of medical and health care inside his prison, which led to the deterioration of his health condition.

Al-Zoq ended his two-year sentence pending investigations in a political case, and remained detained without legal basis in the Zagazig police station.

Documentation of deaths inside detention centers in Egypt:

CFJ had previously documented the death of 10 detainees inside detention centers and headquarters in Egypt since July 1, 2022 until now.

Through its platform Justice Watch Archive (the first and largest platform for documented violations inside detention facilities in Egypt), CFJ documented 1163 deaths inside detention facilities and prisons in Egypt since 2013.

In 2021, CFJ documented 62 deaths inside detention facilities and prisons in Egypt through its detailed report.

Moreover, for the first quarter 2022, CFJ also documented 5 deaths inside detention facilities and prisons in Egypt in another report.

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