Brotherhood leader dies in detention in Egypt -sources

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CAIRO– An imprisoned leader of Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood died on Wednesday, sources said, with supporters claiming his death caused by authorities’ failure to proper medical attention.

Farid Ismail, 57, a parliamentarian under Mohamed Mursi, the Brotherhood leader overthrown in mid-2013 by then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass protests.

Sisi, now , pledged to eradicate the Brotherhood and launched a crackdown that has landed thousands of Mursi supporters in .

The sources said Ismail had died of liver failure in a Cairo , where he had been moved days earlier from a jail in the Nile Delta town of Zagazig.

Judicial sources said Ismail had been sentenced to seven years in last year on charges related to violence following the clearing by security forces of Cairo protest camps in August 2013 in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed.

The website of the Brotherhood’s banned political 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.

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“We asked the court multiple times in the past month to move him to an outside because his health deteriorating,” his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsood told Reuters.

“The court agreed but the never implemented (the order).”

Reuters could not immediately reach a judicial official for comment on the .

Brotherhood leaders have been handed death sentences or long prison terms in the past year. Mursi himself received a 20-year sentence last month.