MB lawyers allege prison abuses

Defense lawyers for members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) opposition group currently being held in Borg el-Arab Prison near Alexandria have filed a complaint with the attorney general in which they claimed their clients were being deprived of visits by lawyers and relatives despite having obtained permission for such visits from the Prisoners Affairs Department.

There are 68 MB members being held in the prison for staging demonstrations in solidarity with Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque in recent days and weeks.

The lawyers say that 14 MB prisoners are currently being held in a single cell no more than nine square meters in size.

In a related development, security services on Saturday morning detained five MB members in Aswan for 15 days pending investigation on charges of having "affiliations with a banned group." Another four were arrested in Beheira on the same charge, while five others were reportedly released by court order.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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