World Bulletin/News Desk
The health condition of detained former Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Mahdi Akef is improving, his lawyer said Wednesday.
"The former supreme guide had suffered some malaise yesterday due to his solitary confinement and old age," lawyer Hasan Karim told the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
Akef is currently being held in Cairo's Tora Prison on charges of "inciting violence.
According to the lawyer, prison authorities have moved Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zeid, a detained member of the Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau, to Akef's cell to treat him.
A source from the Egyptian prison authority confirmed that Akef's health condition had improved within the last 24 hours.
Prison administrators, the source said, "have given Akef special attention, like all those over 80 years old."
According to the source, Akef was suffering "general weakness due to his old age."
The former Brotherhood leader was also suffering from heart problems, high blood sugar and visual impairment, the source added.
The Brotherhood's legal committee is currently trying to have Akef transferred to a hospital outside the prison, according to a committee source.
According to the prison source, a "tentative understanding" had been reached with the prison authorities in this regard.
Egyptian authorities have unleashed a massive crackdown on Brotherhood leaders since last month's dispersal of two sit-ins set up by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, in which hundreds of protesters were killed by security forces.
Since then, Egypt's military-backed authorities have rounded up hundreds of the group's senior and mid-ranking members, topped by Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and deputies Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Eylül 2013, 21:12