IM allows Alaa Abdel Fatah, sister to visit father after his cardiac arrest
Alaa Abdel Fatah - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Official sources confirmed Sunday that the Interior Ministry allowed detained activist Alaa Abdel Fatah and his detained sister Sanaa to visit their father in the hospital after the latter faced a critical health situation.

Abdel Fatah and 24 others were accused of protesting military trials for civilians and were dispersed and arrested under the regulations of the 2013 protest law. On the other hand, his sister Sanaa and 23 others were arrested outside Ithadeya Palace June 21 while protesting against theprotest law.

Mona Seif said on her Facebook account “10 days ago, we filed a request to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for permission for Alaa and Sanaa to visit ‘Baba’ in the ICU.”

Seif added thatFriday afternoon;her father (Ahmad Seif) suffered a cardiac arrest for a few minutes. “Doctors resuscitated him and his heart worked again. But since then he has been unconscious,” Seif said.

By dawn,Sanaa was brought by police to the hospital to visit her father, a half hour later after she left, Alaa was brought too and visited his father in the ICU, Mona Seif added on her Facebook account.

A Security source told Youm7 that the ministry took immediate measures to allow Alaa and his sister to visit their father after the news spread on his critical case, the source added that this came as a reflection of the prison sector’s policy in regard to the social circumstances of prisoners.

Alaa, along with other defendants, was sentenced to 15 years in jail and a 100,000 EGP fine (U.S. $14,000) on his accusations and the lawyers demanded a retrial, the next session for Alaa is scheduled to be on Sept. 10 to hear witness testimonies.

Sanaa, along with the other defendants, will appear in court Sept. 13.

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