Egypt: Aisha Al-Shater’s health deteriorates in Al-Qanater prison

Cairo: Egyptian human rights organizations announced the deterioration of the health of Aisha Al-Shater, the daughter of the Brotherhood’s deputy guide, Khairat Al-Shater in Al-Qanater Women’s Prison.

According to a report revealed by the Egyptian Network for Human Rights (ENHR), Aisha is suffering severe health complications, such as bone marrow failure, which led to a shortage of blood cells, including platelets and red blood cells.

The human rights organisation called on the Egyptian authorities to release her. Although she has exceeded the two-year pre-trial detention period stipulated by Egyptian law, she has not been released despite requests for bail in view of her deteriorating health conditions.

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In the last court session, the Emergency State Security Court decided to allow Aisha to be treated by haematologists and oncologists.

As per media reports, Al-Shater in the last court session appeared pale and unwell, leading many social media users to draw comparisons and highlight how she looked before her arrest.

Aisha Al-Shater. Photo: Twitter

Human rights organisations have previously warned that she could die in prison if not given the proper medical care needed.

Egyptian authorities had arrested Aisha al-Shater and her husband, human rights lawyer Muhammad Abu Huraira, on November 1, from their home in Nasr City, east of Cairo, on charges of participating in a terrorist group in achieving its goals, receiving financing for a terrorist purpose, and participating in a criminal agreement intended to commit a terrorist crime.

Aisha and her husband Muhammad Abu Huraira

The human rights organization said that Al-Shater “has faced several types of serious violations since her arrest on November 1, 2018, such as physical torture by beating and electric shocks, psychological abuse and ill-treatment, preventing her from visiting her family, and placing her in solitary confinement for more than a year.”

Shater is one of at least 60,000 political prisoners detained since President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi took office in 2013, after his coup against the first democratically-elected civilian president, the late Mohamed Morsi.

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