Top prosecutor orders autopsy of US-Egyptian prisoner’s body

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    CAIRO – 14 January 2020: Egypt’s Top Prosecutor Hamada el-Sawy ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of prisoner Mustafa Qassem's death.

    Egyptian-American Qassem was detained in 2013 over taking part in a sit-in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood; he was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2018.

    Qassem went on a hunger strike while he was serving a sentence in Tora prison, and when his health deteriorated, he was sent to the prison’s hospital.

    Qassem was diabetic and medical reports said that he had high blood sugar, which led him to be transferred to Cairo University Hospital to receive medical care on Sunday. He was announced dead there.

    The top prosecutor also requested his medical file and opened an investigation with the doctors who supervised his health case.