CAIRO– An imprisoned leader of Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood died on Wednesday, security sources said, with supporters claiming his death was caused by authorities’ failure to provide proper medical attention.
Judicial sources said Ismail had been sentenced to seven years in prison last year on charges related to violence following the clearing by security forces of two Cairo protest camps in August 2013 in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed.
The website of the Brotherhood’s banned political party said the authorities had deprived Ismail of medicine and care. An earlier article said he had suffered a stroke this month while in solitary detention.
“The court agreed but the prison never implemented (the order).”
Reuters could not immediately reach a judicial official for comment on the allegations.
Other Brotherhood leaders have been handed death sentences or long prison terms in the past year. Mursi himself received a 20-year sentence last month.