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Egypt: CFJ reports 14th death in detention facilities in Egypt during 2024 of a political detainee in Badr Prison Complex

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Press release

Geneva – April 21, 2024


The Committee for Justice (CFJ) has reported the 14th death inside detention centers and prisons in Egypt since the beginning of 2024, of a political detainee in the Badr Prison Complex, located in the Badr area northeast of the capital, Cairo.

CFJ stated that the deceased detainee was named Mohamed Mahmoud Jad (62 years old), from Manshiyat Al-Salam in the city of Al-Mahalla Al-Kubra in Gharbia Governorate. He passed away on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, due to medical negligence. He suffered from heart disease and had a stroke, after which he was transferred to the prison hospital where he died.

CFJ demands a thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation into the circumstances of this death and holding accountable those responsible for the medical negligence suffered by the victim within the Badr Prison Complex. They urge Egyptian authorities to comply with international agreements and treaties regarding the rights of detainees.

With this, the number of deaths documented by CFJ since the beginning of 2024 inside Egyptian prisons and detention centers rises to 14 deaths. The latest was the death of the Secretary-General of the Freedom and Justice Party in Qena Governorate, Ahmed Mahmoud El-Gabalawi (60 years old), who died on Sunday, March 31st, 2024, in the Tenth of Ramadan Prison in Sharqia Governorate.

Accurate information about death cases during detention in Egypt can be obtained through the Justice Watch Archive service provided by CFJ, which contains information about more than 14,000 victims and over 30,000 violations. It also monitors violations inside more than 500 places of detention in Egypt.

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