The news that confirms that dozens of army officers are detained in the Military Prison in the Heikstep area bear a lot of grief and evidence. It proves that the regime of the tyrant Abdel Fattah al-Sisi relies on a sustained repressive methodology against all detainees in connection with political issues related to the rejection of his coup in July 2013.
On August 16, 2015, BBC Arabic revealed that 26 army officers of various ranks had been sentenced to prison terms of military prison after being convicted of charges that included planning a military coup, disclosing military secrets, and joining the Muslim Brotherhood. Among the convicts are four retired officers with the rank of colonel (two officers are deserters), and 22 officers working in the Egyptian army, including a brigadier and two colonels. In addition to the 26 officers, the case included two civilians who were sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment; The first is the leader of the Brotherhood, Helmy al-Jazzar, and the second is a member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Office, Mohamed Abdel Rahman al-Mursi, who is currently detained.
The families of the detained army officers issued a statement announcing that their relatives had entered into an open hunger strike for several days, in protest against “the ill-treatment they are subjected to, and an attempt to extract the most basic of rights.” This led to the deterioration of the health of a number of them, which necessitated their transfer to the prison hospital, and the families demanded the support of the arrested officers, demanding their release in light of the malicious charges that were fabricated against them 7 years ago.
The statement of the families of the arrested officers revealed the intransigence of the military prison commander, Major General Khaled Sultan, who is the son of the former director of the Armored Department, Major General Ahmed Sultan, and has a bad reputation, as he deliberately humiliates and subjugates the officers, and he always boasts that he is supported and has a back, and no one will be able to hold him accountable, and that was One of the reasons for the officers to go on a hunger strike.
It is noteworthy that what Khaled Sultan is doing is the same as what the rest of prison directors do in Egypt, which amount to about 80 prisons, about 45 of which were built in the post-Sisi coup in July 2013. However, these people violate the laws that guarantee a margin of rights for prisoners and violate all the rights stipulated in the constitution and the law without fear of being held accountable. This reinforces the systematic torture and perpetuates widespread violations of human rights.
The statement confirms that the commander of the military prison prevents the detained officers from their right to exercise, deprives them of their most basic rights, prevents them from entering food, prevents the entry of their personal tools, and prevents sedative drugs that are given to them by the prison administration. Despite all these violations, he boasts that he is supported In an indication that he does all these crimes on direct orders from his higher commands.
On the other hand, it should be noted that this strike is not the first of its kind for the arrested officers. They carried out a strike in March 2020 AD; In protest against the military leadership’s neglect of their condition and the condition of their families after they asked for pardon from the Minister of Defense, as their families were treated harshly, and their families were threatened in front of the Ministry of Defense headquarters that if they gathered, they would be shot, and after this news reached the imprisoned officers, they gathered inside the military prison. In December 2019, clashes took place between the army officers detained in connection with the 3/2015 military case, and the administration of the military prison in the Highekstep area, against the background of their protest and their demand for their release, similar to the release of the former Egyptian Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Sami Anan, who was previously detained with them in the same prison.
Negligently killed in prisons
On the other hand, human rights reports revealed the death of about 37 political detainees in Sisi’s prisons due to medical neglect from January 2021 until late November, the last of whom was the parliamentarian and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr. Hamdi Hassan, who died as a result of medical negligence and prolonged detention. According to the “Committee for Justice” human rights organization, the number of people killed in Sisi’s prisons since the coup until today due to medical negligence and torture has reached about 1,095 cases, about 30% of whom are detained in connection with political cases.
Statistics on the causes of death for detainees in Egypt revealed that the first reason is the denial of health care, at a rate of more than 70 percent. Deaths as a result of torture came in second place, at 13 percent, while deaths from poor conditions of detention were recorded at 2.7 percent. The era of the coup leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, witnessed the largest number of deaths, about 85 percent, while the transitional period of Adly Mansour died more than 15 percent.
Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.
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