Former presidential aide Khaled al-Qazzaz, detained without charge for over a year, is in failing health and requires surgery. The Egyptian authorities are denying him adequate medical care, as well as access to his lawyers and family.
Khaled al-Qazzaz has been detained without charge since 3 July 2013, when he was arrested along with ousted president Mohamed Morsi and other members of the presidential team. The authorities have not allowed his family or lawyers to visit him since 1 July 2014.
Khaled al-Qazzaz’s health has deteriorated severely after almost eight months of solitary confinement in the maximum-security prison of al-‘Aqrab (“The Scorpion”), and before that in secret detention. His family have said he is suffering from severe pain in his neck and numbness and weakness in his hands and legs.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan shows that Khaled al-Qazzaz is suffering from spinal stenosis, a condition in which the space around the spine narrows and compresses the nerves, as well as herniated discs in his neck and lower back. He requires surgery.
Medical experts have warned that if he does not receive adequate treatment there is a risk that Khaled al-Qazzaz will permanently lose the use of his arms and legs. He will be left in constant pain.
However, the authorities do not appear to have provided him with adequate medical care in prison and are holding him in a cramped (2 by 2.5m) cell, infested with insects and without natural light.
Please write immediately in Arabic, English or your own language:
- Calling on the Egyptian authorities to urgently give Khaled al-Qazzaz access to the medical treatment he needs;
-Urging them to give him regular access to his legal representative and his family;
-Calling on them to release Khaled al-Qazzaz unless he is promptly charged with a recognizably criminal offence and tried before a civilian court in proceedings that are in line with international standards for fair trial, without recourse to the death penalty.
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