Medical convoy of police hospitals to be dispatched to Damanhur Prison
Prison - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A medical convoy has been ordered dispatched to Damanhur Prison for Men to apply medical examinations on its 1,390 detainees, Youm7 reported Friday.

The medical convoy belongs to the Police Hospital of Alexandria and the Police Hospital of Damanhur, according to Youm7.

Families of several detainees have complained to human rights organizations about their relative’s deteriorating health conditions inside prison.

Prisoners were exceptionally allowed visits by their families for a week starting from Dec. 24, marking Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (Moulid el-Nabi) which fell Dec. 23 in 2015.

Exceptional visits are usually allowed on occasions, like allowing visits on the Egyptian mothers’ day on March 21 of every year.

A tradition of pardoning prisoners on official holidays and feasts also takes place if inmates meet a condition of serving at least half of their prison terms, totaling at least six months in jail.

In October, the Interior Ministry ordered the release of some 331 prisoners in commemoration of the 42nd anniversary of the 6th of October War.

On Sept. 23, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners on the occasion of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice.)

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