CAIRO: Journalist Abdullah Elshamy was transferred Tuesday night to the prison hospital, state-owned television reported.
Abdullah’s brother Mosa’ab wrote on his Facebook account that the family does not have any information about Abdullah’s transfer or his health status.
He added that it has been almost a 15 days since they were able to visit him, after the prison administrative prevented any visit permit to Al Aqrab prison.
Attorney General Hisham Barakat approved on June 2 a request by the state-run National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) to visit Tora Prison.
The NCHR said it would coordinate with the interior ministry to conduct the visit, but Adbul Ghaffar Shokr, the NCHR deputy head, said Tuesday that they did not receive a respond to their visit request. Later in the same day, Abdullah was transferred to the hospital according to state television.
Gehad Khaled, Abdullah’s wife, spoke at the Journalists’ Syndicate in a conference to support detained journalists, and said that the interior ministry and the NCHR both bear responsibility for Abdullah’s life.
He has been on a hunger strike since Jan. 21 in prison, losing 40 kilograms, according to his brother Mosa’ab, who told AFP that the last time the family saw Abdullah, “he was barely walking, and was not able to maintain his focus.”
The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Tuesday the session for Abdullah and 500 other co-defendants to June 5. All were arrested on Aug. 14, accused in attacking police forces and possessing unlicensed gunfires, arms, attacking and terrorizing people during the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-in at Rabaa al-Adaweya Square.