Interior Ministry fined for negligence in inmate’s care

The Administrative court in Alexandria on Wednesday fined the Interior Ministry LE75,000 to be disbursed as damage payment to an inmate over negligent healthcare.
The prisoner was serving a three-year term in Beheira when he suffered a sudden rise in body temperature. The court said doctors at the prison gave him a contaminated shot which further worsened his condition.
The prison’s officials decided to transfer the ailing inmate to a solitary cell for two days, after which he was found unconscious. He was immediately transferred to a hospital where doctors ordered to amputate his arm immediately to save his life.
The court accused the prison’s board of negligence that caused the prisoner a permanent physical disability, accusing wardens of inhumane treatment.
The Interior Ministry has been under international criticism for multiple instances of prisoner abuse, including living in inhumane conditions, torture, beating and refusing to give prisoners medical treatment.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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