Palestinian prisoner could lose leg after being tortured in Egyptian prisons

[ 15/01/2011 – 07:58 AM ]


CAIRO, (PIC)– Hafiz Abu Saada, secretary-general of the Egyptian rights group organization, said Egypt’s policies of detaining and torturing Palestinians is ruining the country’s reputation among the Arab and international communities.

The Egyptian rights group received medical reports stating that Palestinian prisoner Ramzi al-Ra’i’s leg has become infected after Egyptian officials tortured him and neglected to provide treatment for his wounds, Abu Saada told the PIC Friday. If left untreated, gangrene could develop on Ra’i’s leg, a condition that would require amputation, the medical report says.

Ramzi Nasri Khamis Al-Ra’i was detained by Egyptian authorities on April 12, 2010 after leaving the Gaza Strip to receive medical treatment in Egypt for several wounds he had sustained on his body.

Ra’i was severely beaten by Egyptian security forces, causing a severe gangrene-like infection to appear on his legs, the UK-based Arab human rights organization, for its part, said, adding that prison authorities in Egypt have refused to transfer Ra’i to the hospital for treatment.

“Ramzi’s medical condition, as described by doctors, requires diligent follow-up outside the prison. His remaining inside the prison, despite decisions to release him, is exacerbating his health condition,” the Arab organization said.

Palestinian prisoner could lose leg after being tortured in Egyptian prisons.

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