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Two detainees die in police station, prosecution opens investigation

Overcrowding, under-ventilation led to the death of two detainees, revealed primary investigations

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Apr 2015
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Two detainees have died in the span of one week at the Masr Al-Qadeema police station, prompting prosecutors to open an investigation, reported the Ahram Arabic website on Saturday.

A 41-year-old detainee died on Saturday in the police station while another was also reported dead three days earlier.

The two reportedly died due to health reasons, in addition to a lack of ventilation and overcrowding, according to primary investigations.

Investigations have so far revealed that the prison cell included detainees four more times its capacity, including 380 prisoners in a cell that is only fit to take 100.  

Head of the Masr El-Qadeema prosecution, Tamer El-Araby, designated a health team to inspect all detainees.

General Prosecutor Hesham Barakat ordered that there be regular random visits to police stations and prisons.

Several prisoners have been reported dead over the past year due to negligence. There have also been several reports of torture, some of which have allegedly lead to death.

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