Former Brotherhood supreme guide Akef transferred to ICU upon family request

Ahram Online , Friday 20 Jan 2017

Mohamed Mahdy Akef
Former MB Supreme Guide Mohamed Mahdy Akef ( photo: Ahram)

Former Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Mahdy Akef was transferred on Friday from Kasr El-Eini Hospital to the intensive care unit at another hospital upon a request by his family due to his deteriorating health, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported, citing an interior ministry official.

The 90-year-old Akef, who was arrested one day after president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster 2013, faces trial for inciting the killing of protesters in 2013.

On 6 January, Akef was transferred from the prison hospital to Kasr El-Eini, following deterioration in his health, according to his daughter Aliaa Akef, who launched a campaign on social media a few days later to have her father moved from Kasr El-Eini to another hospital.

“We urge you write about him and demand his release... He is kept in terrible conditions [at Kasr El-Aini] and his health has been deteriorating rapidly,” the post said.

A number of activists and rights groups have supported Akef’s call to have her father receive adequate healthcare, including the Freedom for the Brave campaign, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and El-Nadeem Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence.

Last week, a number of prominent activists – including Laila Souif, Ahdaf Souif, Rabab El-Mahdi, Suzan Fayad, and Magda Adly – met with the head of the National Council for Human Rights Mohamed Fayek to state a number of demands concerning Akef.

The activists called for the providing of adequate healthcare for Akef under the supervision of a doctor who can follow up on his medical condition; the allowing of one of Akef’s family members to be present with him at hospital; and transferring him to a private hospital at his family’s expense.

The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group in late 2013.

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