Essam Darbala dies in Egypt prison from medical negligence

Essam Derbala, a staunch ally of deposed president Mohammad Morsi, has died in prison after he was denied medical care during his imprisonment.

Essam Darbala dies in Egypt prison from medical negligence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Leader Essam Derbala, a staunch ally of deposed president Mohammad Mursi, has died in prison, his group said on Sunday.

Derbala, a leader of the militant Al Jamaa Al Islamiya (Islamic Group), was arrested in May on charges of belonging to an outlawed organization.

Al Jamaa Al Islmiya, blamed for a wave of anti-government violence in the 1990s, said in a facebook statement that Derbala, 58, died late Saturday following deterioration in his health in the high-security Al Aqrab (Scorpion) Prison outside Cairo.

The Development and Building Party, the political arm of Al Jamaa Al Islamiya, called for an “immediate international” investigation into what it called “intentional killing” of Derbala. The party accused prison authorities of having deliberately denied Derbala, a diabetic, access to medication.

There was no immediate official comment.

Derbala was a senior member of the so-called National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy, a coalition set up following the army’s 2013 overthrow of Mursi.

Thousands of people have been rounded up in an inexorable security crackdown since the ouster of Mursi, a senior leader in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Derbala became the head of Al Jamaa Al Islamiya shortly after Egypt’s 2011 uprising that forced long-time president Husny Mubarak out of power. He had spent 25 years in Mubarak’s prisons on charges of involvement in violence.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ağustos 2015, 18:25
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