Egypt hunger-striking prisoner hospitalized

An Egyptian court in late September rejected a request to release Sultan, who has declared a hunger strike on January 26 to protest his then detainment without charge by Egyptian authorities

Egypt hunger-striking prisoner hospitalized

World Bulletin/News Desk

Detained Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Sultan, said to be on a hunger strike for 253 days, was transferred to a public hospital in western Cairo after he suffered internal bleeding, his family has said.

"[Sultan] was transferred to al-Manial hospital after his health deteriorated due to internal bleeding in more than one organ," Sultan's family said on Facebook Tuesday evening.

A medical source close to Sultan's case told Anadolu Agency that the activist, 26, was admitted to al-Manial hospital's prisoners' ward at 8pm Tuesday.

An Egyptian court in late September rejected a request to release Sultan, who has declared a hunger strike on January 26 to protest his then detainment without charge by Egyptian authorities.

Sultan is currently standing trial, along with 51 Muslim Brotherhood members, on violence-related charges.

During the court session, Sultan's lawyer asked the trial judge to release his client, citing the latter's "deteriorating health condition."

The judge, however, decided to keep the activist in custody, adjourning trial proceedings to October 11.

Sultan family has said that he was admitted to a prison hospital's intensive care unit twice during last month after suffering multiple mild strokes.

Last month, 81 Egyptian activists joined Sultan in an open-ended solidarity hunger-strike in a campaign dubbed "The battle of empty stomachs," staged to protest their protracted detention without trial.

Sultan was arrested at his home in August of last year after security forces violently dispersed two protest camps set up by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, killing hundreds of demonstrators in the process.

Before his arrest, Sultan – who carries U.S. nationality – had been an active member of the "Anti-Coup Alliance," a component of the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy.

Since the army ousted Morsi last year, Egypt's first freely elected president and a Muslim Brotherhood leader, Egypt's military-backed government has waged a harsh crackdown on dissent that has left hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.

Last Mod: 08 Ekim 2014, 14:34
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