Detained Egyptian journalist Shawkan's health deteriorating: Lawyer

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Jul 2015

Shawkan was arrested in August 2013 while covering the police dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya protest camp

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, AKA Shawkan (Photo: Freedom for Shawkan Facebook page)

The health of detained Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, aka Shawkan, is "deteriorating day-after-day," his lawyer has said.

In comments published on the Free Shawkan Facebook page, Kareem Abdel-Radi stressed he would ask for better conditions and health care for his client at Tora prison.

Shawkan, 27, has been diagnosed with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to his supporters' Facebook page.

Abdel-Radi also said that he had recently made new legal attempts to clear Shawkan's name by providing fresh evidence to the court which shows that his client was simply doing his job as a photojournalist and not taking part in the Rabaa sit-in.

Abdel-Radi said Shawkan was not allowed to receive books, novels or articles of any sort.

Shawkan was arrested in August 2013 while covering the violent dispersal by security forces of a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

He has spent more than 650 days in pre-trial detention.

In May 2015, for the first time in two years, he appeared before a judge to be arraigned.

The judge renewed his detention.

He has not officially been charged with any crime.

In late June, the photojournalist's family organised a sit-in in front of the journalists syndicate to demand his release.

London-based Amnesty International has on several occasions called for the immediate release of the Shawkan.   

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