Official denies activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah's health is declining in prison

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 Dec 2019

Esraa Abdel-Fattah
Activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah (Photo: Al-Ahram)

An official denied on Wednesday media reports about the deteriorating health of imprisoned activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah.

Abdel-Fattah was arrested in mid-October and has since been detained in the Qanater Prison for women pending investigations into charges of spreading fake news, membership in a banned group, and abuse of social media networks.

On Monday, her leftist lawyer Khaled Ali, said on Facebook that "Abdel-Fattah was transferred to the prison's hospital after her health conditions deteriorated as she began a hunger strike on 8 December 2019."

According to Ali, Abdel-Fattah is among nine female prisoners who went on a hunger strike "in protest against ill-treatment" at the prison, including lawyer Sahar Ali and journalist Soulafa Magdy.

But on Wednesday an official source denied that Abdel-Fattah's health had deteriorated or that she was transferred to the prison's hospital.

"This news is completely untrue," he said.

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