CAIRO - 14 August 2020: Egypt's General Prosecution said it assigned a forensic doctor to examine the body of the detained member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group Essam El Erian, who passed away on Thursday, and found no signs of abuse, which suggests that he died from natural causes.
The Prosecution, however, said investigations are ongoing.
In a statement on Friday, the General Prosecution said it spoke with two Erian inmates, who affirmed that the Muslim Brotherhood leader's health condition had been stable before his death and that he had regularly received medical care from the prison's administration.
The two inmates also affirmed that he had not experienced any ignorance during his last days, in terms of medical care, and that the prison has not recorded any coronavirus cases recently, due to preventive measures taken.
Officers in Tora prison, where Erian died, the prison's doctor gave a similar testimony, according to the prosecution.
Investigations are ongoing, in coordination with the Department of Forensic Medicine, the statement added.
Eirian and six other convicts were sentenced to life imprisonment in September 2019 for the charges of staging a prison break during the 2011 Revolution, which toppled the late President Hosni Muabark’s era.
Late President Mohamed Morsi, who was belonging to the banned group, was among the defendants of the same case. However the case was dropped against him due his death.
The defendants are charged with storming the Egyptian eastern borders, attacking security institution, plotting with Hamas and the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hezbollah to create chaos in Egypt to bring down the authorities, as well as having the Iranian Revolutionary Guards train groups in Egypt to sabotage military targets in the country, including prisons.
No immediate comment or statement has been released from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior yet.