CAIRO: Lawyer and renowned humans rights activist Ahmed Seif el-Islam passed away in a special care unit in Qasr el-Aini Hospital Tuesday after suffering a long-term cardiac illness, his family released a statement Wednesday.
Ahmed Seif al-Islam was detained many times throughout his life, the first time in 1972 after participating in demonstrations calling to free Sinai from the Israeli occupation at the time.
Ahmed Seif graduated from Economical and Political Science Faculty in 1977 and was well known for facing human rights violations and being an advocate for justice and freedom.
He established the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in 1999, a law firm that specialized in human rights cases.
He was father to political activists Mona, Sanaa, and Alaa Abdel Fattah and was married to Laila Seif, who had a major role in university independent movements.
His son Alaa Abdel Fatah, who is currently imprisoned in Tora Prison, started a hunger strike on Aug. 18 when his father entered intensive care unit Sunday, according to his sister Mona on Facebook.
Abdel Fatah was sentenced to 15 years in prison on June 9, charged with violating the protest law outside the Shura Council in Nov. 2013.
Alaa had managed to visit his father in the intensive care unit the day he slipped into a coma after getting permission from concerned authorities, according to several media outlets.
The Dostor Party called on authorities to allow Seif’s imprisoned children, Alaa and Sanaa, to attend their father’s funeral, Youm7 reported Wednesday.