3 July 2019 Egyptian authorities deny medical assistance to an imprisoned opposition leader

On 3 July, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights published a statement in which denounces the “imminent death” of the former opposition’s leader Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh due to prolonged medical neglect in prison. The statement reads that the Egyptian politician is detained in the same prison where former president Morsi was detained before his death on 17 June. Mr Aboul-Fotouh’s son denounced the authorities’ neglects and, speaking with the Middle East Eye, he declared that “unfortunately, we are watching him being tortured to death, this is the painful truth”. The Cairo Institute for Human Rights urged an immediate intervention of international and regional authorities to avoid the prisoner’s death. The Egyptian government published a statement in which it rejected all the accusations and assured that all the medical cares were guaranteed. Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh was an opposition candidate for president in the 2012 elections and he was captured in 2018 under charges of joining a banned group and spreading false news to harm national interests.