Jailed Morsi supporters on hunger strike over ill treatment

"The political detainees are complaining of bad treatment and accuse prison authorities of allowing criminals to assault them physically and verbally," said the lawyers of some 50 Morsi supporters.

Jailed Morsi supporters on hunger strike over ill treatment

World Bulletin/News Desk

Some 50 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi have gone on hunger strike inside their detention centers in the coastal city of Alexandria over ill-treatment by authorities.

"The political detainees are complaining of bad treatment and accuse prison authorities of allowing criminals to assault them physically and verbally," their lawyers Mahmoud Gaber said in a statement.

The statement said the defense team will file complaints with the Prosecution on Tuesday against the prison administration and the interior minister.

There was no immediate comment from Egyptian authorities to the claim until the filing of the report.

In a related development, the leaders of Al-Wasat Party threatened to go an open hunger strike within the coming 48 hours inside their Cairo prison.

"Party leader Aboul-Ela Madi and his deputy Essam Sultan said they would go on hunger strike to protest fabiricated charges and being denied visits by their families," their lawyer Ahmed Aboul-Ela Madi told Anadolu Agency.

"Their families had obtained visit permits from the prosecution but the Tora prison administration refused to allow the visits over security considerations," he added.

Both men were arrested in Moqattam district of Cairo on charges of inciting violence during June 30 protests.

The Wasat Party was founded in the 1990s by former members of the Muslim Brotherhood but was not officially permitted until after the 2011 revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Prior to the 2011 Egyptian Revolution which toppled Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood had been outlawed and persecuted for six decades.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2013, 10:55
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