Egypt's Lawyers Syndicate has filed an official demand that authorities allow detained lawyer Malek Adly to outfit his solitary prison cell.
Sameh Ashour, the syndicate head, told Ahram Online that he had demanded the prosecution and the interior ministry allow Adly's cell to be adequately equipped and he be allowed his “full rights.”
Adly's wife, Asmaa Ali, has released several statements saying that her husband has been kept in solitary confinement since his arrest in May on charges of spreading false news and harming national unity and society peace.
Ali has said that her husband is not allowed to leave his unlit, unventilated prison cell. His health is deteriorating, she has said, because his family have not been allowed to provide him with a bed or a mattress, and he has to sleep on the ground.
The well-known human rights laywer was arrested in relation to his opposition to the government's decision to recognise two Red Sea islands, administered by Egypt, as belonging to Saudi Arabia.
Hundreds were arrested during and after protests objecting to the government's decision.