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Egypt: New Death of Political Detainee in Badr 1 Prison Sparks Calls for Investigation

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Press release

Geneva – June 25, 2024


The Committee for Justice (CFJ) has monitored a new death of a political detainee in Badr 1 Prison, Badr City, Egypt. Ahmed Youssef Abdallah El-Sayyad, a 40-year-old trader from Delga village, Deir Mawas, Minya, passed away on June 15.

His family suspects foul play, noting bruises and unusual marks on his body when they received it for burial, prompting them to file a complaint with the Egyptian Public Prosecutor for an investigation.

CFJ has called on the Public Prosecutor to accept the family’s complaint and investigate the circumstances surrounding El-Sayyad’s death, holding those responsible accountable. CFJ also criticized the lack of transparency by Egyptian

authorities regarding deaths in detention, highlighting the deteriorating conditions in prisons and detention centers across Egypt.

This latest incident brings the total number of deaths recorded by the “Justice Committee” in Egyptian prisons and detention facilities in 2024 to 23.

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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