Egypt: CFJ documents fourth death in custody in 2023
By: Committee for Justice
Geneva: March 7, 2023
The Committee for Justice has documented the fourth death case in 2023, of a political detainee inside a detention center in Egypt named Mohamed El-Sayed El-Morsi (52 years old), who was tortured to death at the National Security headquarters in Damietta.
Death due to torture:
A security force from the National Security Investigations in Damietta arrested El-Morsi, an Arabic language teacher at the Ministry of Education, on February 21. He was taken to the National Security headquarters, and he was subjected to physical and psychological torture for 11 days, which led to his death.
According to sources from his family, El-Morsi died on Saturday, March 4, and the authorities informed his family the next day. His body was received in a wooden box after the security forces washed his body. His funeral has been held at the Al-Rahma mosque in Sayala in Damietta Governorate.
It is noteworthy that the deceased detainee is the brother of Dr. Hassan El Morsi, a member of the Health Committee of the Shura Council during the era of the late Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi.
Three previous deaths:
The Committee for Justice had previously documented three deaths of detainees inside detention centers in Egypt:
1- Detainee Mahmoud Abd al-Shafi al-Didamoni, a 42-year-old detainee inside the Zagazig police station in Egypt. He worked as a blacksmith in the village of Bani Amer in the Zagazig Center, and he was imprisoned pending case No. 2133 of 2021, the Zagazig Center in connection with charges of a political nature.
2-Detainee Sameh Tolba Saleh Al-Zeq (53 years old), died in the same police station, due to the deterioration of his health as a result of his two-month detention after the end of a two-year prison sentence against him.
3- Detainee, Saad Mahmoud Abdel-Ghani Khedr, who died in February in Borg Al-Arab prison west of Alexandria due to medical neglect and poor prison conditions. He was arrested on October 28, 2015, and was subjected to many violations in his prison, including preventing him from receiving regular treatment, which led to the deterioration of his health.
The Committee for Justice has documented 1,167 deaths inside detention facilities and prisons in Egypt since 2013, through its Justice Watch Archive platform, which is the first and largest platform for monitoring violations in detention facilities in Egypt.