Egypt prosecution investigates nude photos of mental health hospital patients

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Feb 2018

Nabil Sadek
Egypt's public prosecutor Nabil Sadek (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's top prosecutor Nabil Sadek has ordered on Tuesday a probe into an incident where photos were taken of naked patients at the country's main mental health hospital.

Photos showing alleged abuse of patients by staff at Cairo's Abbasiya Mental Health Hospital went viral on social media on Sunday. The images showed naked patients lying on the floor during what is believed to be shower time.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, a health ministry official said initial investigations revealed that one of the nurses took photographs of the patients during shower time and published them on social media websites. She acted that way after her request to be moved to another department at the hospital was turned down, .

A team of prosecutors carried out investigations at the hospital and questioned patients on Tuesday to identify the culprit behind the incident.

The ministry ordered on Monday the suspension of the hospital's director and 11 members of the nursing staff pending investigations into the incident.

Abbasiya Hospital is the country's oldest psychiatric hospital.

The ministry says the photographs constitute a violation of privacy and contravenes a 2009 law prohibiting publishing photographs of patients in the media.

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