Interior Ministry responsible for supreme guide's health: Brotherhood

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Sep 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood claims its detainees are being discriminated against in Egyptian prisons

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie arrested by police on 20 August (Photo: Egyptian Police Facebook page)

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Monday it holds the Interior Ministry and the General Prosecution Office accountable for the well-being of the group's supreme guide who is currently detained pending trial.

"The Muslim Brotherhood puts the Interior Ministry, the general prosecution office and all state officials fully responsible for the health and safety of the Supreme Guide [Mohamed Badie] and all detained citizens whether they are from the Brotherhood or not," the Brotherhood statement read. 

It also claimed discrimination against Brotherhood detainees in terms of the treatment they receive compared to detainees affiliated to "the ousted president's [Hosni Mubarak] former regime." The Brotherhood attributed the alleged discrimination to its opposition to "the coup", referring to president Mohamed Morsi's deposition on 3 July amid mass protests against him.

Badie, 70, reportedly suffered a heart attack last week. A security source told Ahram Arabic news website that Badie's condition is stable and a team of doctors were sent to examine him in prison. In addition, an interrogation session was also delayed once as he reportedly suffered from fatigue.  

The supreme guide was arrested on 20 August in Cairo. He was referred to the Criminal Court on charges of inciting the murder of protesters at the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Muqattam on 30 June. 

The prosecution regularly interrogates Badie in prison as investigations are ongoing in his alleged involvement in other cases including clashes at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in December and July's clashes at the Republican Guard headquarters.

Meanwhile, concerns were recently raised by Egyptian NGOs for alleged cases of torture against detainees in prisons, including those of the Brotherhood. On Sunday, Egypt's Prosecutor-General Hesham Barakat ordered all prosecution offices nationwide to conduct a search in Egypt's prisons to reveal such cases, if they exist. 

Dozens of Brotherhood leaders and hundreds of members and supporters were arrested in the wake of the 14 August police forced dispersal of the pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo and Giza which triggered a wave of violent attacks across the country.


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