Top prosecutor orders autopsy of US-Egyptian prisoner’s body

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Tue, 14 Jan 2020 - 03:23 GMT

Egyptian-US Prisoner Mustafa Qassem - Social media

Egyptian-US Prisoner Mustafa Qassem - Social media

CAIRO – 14 January 2020: Egypt’s Top Prosecutor Hamada el-Sawy ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of prisoner Mustafa Qassem's death.

Egyptian-American Qassem was detained in 2013 over taking part in a sit-in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood; he was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2018.

Qassem went on a hunger strike while he was serving a sentence in Tora prison, and when his health deteriorated, he was sent to the prison’s hospital.

Qassem was diabetic and medical reports said that he had high blood sugar, which led him to be transferred to Cairo University Hospital to receive medical care on Sunday. He was announced dead there.

The top prosecutor also requested his medical file and opened an investigation with the doctors who supervised his health case.

The defendant's vital signs were stable and his consciousness was full in a medical examination, according to a report dated 7/4/2019 by the Ministry of Interior's Prison Sector.

According to an official source, the defendant was shown his indictment during questioning, as well as the evidence. He was enabled to testify and defend himself.

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