Hadhoud’s political party awaits investigation into death; says his ‘unbalanced conducts’ known

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Apr 2022

The liberal Reform and Development Party stated on Wednesday that it had known since the first day of late prominent economic researcher Ayman Hadhoud’s detention that he was going through difficult psychological conditions that led him to "many unbalanced conducts", adding that it awaits the final outcome of the prosecution investigation.

Ayman Hadhoud
A file photo of late economist and Reform and Development Party Member Ayman Hadhoud (Photo: Ayman Haddoud s Facebook account)

“The party, the friends, and brothers of Hadhoud at first preferred not to publicise these temporary sick conditions out of respect for privacy,” the Reform and Development Party, in which the late was co-founder and board member, said in a statement.

He died on 6 March while being held at Cairo's Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital, according to an official statement by the public prosecution on Monday, where it noted that it was notified that he died of a sharp drop in blood pressure and cardiac arrest.

According to the prosecution, the preliminary examinations of the body, which were conducted by the health ministry’s inspector and the police in March, have shown no indications that there was "criminal suspicion" behind his death. However, it assured that investigation is still underway and that it has ordered an autopsy on the body of Hadhoud to determine the cause of death.

"The party awaits the final outcome of prosecution investigation to learn the truth and [determine] the legal accountability if there is a medical responsibility or administrative negligence on the hospital," the party said, noting that Hadhoud's family was not notified about his admission to the hospital and that the hospital's administration denied more than once his presence.

The death of Hadhoud, 48, has stirred controversy over the past few days amid reports that he was the victim of "forced disappearance", with his family reportedly saying it was notified about his death on 9 April, nearly one month after he died.

The late economic researcher was arrested on 6 February after he was reported by a building guard in Zamalek, Cairo, for attempting to break into an apartment, adding that Hadhoud was displaying "erratic" behaviour at the time, according to a statement by the Public Prosecution.

The prosecution attempted to question Hadhoud, but his speech was “incomprehensible,” and so he was referred to a psychiatric hospital, the prosecution statement said.

The prosecution noted that two of Hadhoud’s brothers – Adel and Abu Bakr – have told investigators that their brother was "psychologically unstable" and that they do not believe his death was due to criminal action.

Omar – a third brother of the late who has multiple statements on social media claiming the “existence of criminal suspicion” – was also summoned to testify regarding his remarks but according to the prosecution he has not yet responded to the summons.

The party said it understands the state anger in the political and human rights community as a result of "portraying the incident in an unreal form," according to the statement.

"The party would not have failed to the rights of one of its young cadres … while the party's chairman is making great efforts to provide legal and humanitarian assistance to help release many detainees pending different cases," affirmed the statement, referring to Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat, head of the party's efforts to release those in pre-detention.

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