World Bulletin / News Desk
The health of jailed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi is deteriorating over his 22-day hunger strike, his wife said Saturday.
"He refuses all drinks and insists on maintaining his hunger strike," Sanaa Abdel-Gawad told Anadolu Agency over the phone.
"He insists on retaining his right to normal treatment and the right of the Egyptian people to freedom, dignity and justice."
A university professor by profession, al-Beltagi was arrested in August on multiple violence charges and placed in southern Cairo's maximum-security Al-Aqrab prison.
Last month, the Muslim Brotherhood leader vowed to maintain a hunger strike until Egyptian authorities stop taking "vengeful" measures against him.
Al-Beltagi's wife appealed to rights organizations to "intervene to rescue" her husband.
He also called for an investigation into the mid-August killing of her daughter, Asmaa, along with hundreds of people when security forces violently dispersed a sit-in staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in eastern Cairo.
Al- Beltagi has staged a hunger strike on December 21 after he was put in solitary confinement and banned from receiving visits by family members, his family wrote recently on his Facebook page.
"I will stand my ground until my last breath," the Facebook page quoted him as saying. "I will continue to look my oppressors in the eye and never bow to the bloody coup authorities that killed my daughter and hundreds of others."
This was the first message that was leaked from al-Beltagi since he was placed in solitary confinement around three weeks ago.
Prison authorities have recently attempted to prevent direct contact between Muslim Brotherhood prisoners and visiting family members, obliging them to see one another through thick glass dividers.
A campaign defending al-Beltagi wrote in a statement on Saturday that he visited the prison doctor several times because of his deteriorating health, adding that he was threatened to be forced to end his hunger strike, but the Brotherhood leader refused to bow to the threats.Last Mod: 11 Ocak 2014, 12:58