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2 Messages From Abu Zabal Prison!
70% of the detainees are in prison for more than 13 years, 40 young men were killed behind bars due to beating, deliberate medical neglect or due to feeling of oppression! Ikhwanweb publishes two messages coming from Abu Zabal prison to show the tragedy which the detainees are facing in Egypt under a tyrannical repressive regime that does not respect court rulings 
Sunday, March 25,2007 00:00
by Ikhwanweb
70% of the detainees are in prison for more than 13 years, 40 young men were killed behind bars due to beating, deliberate medical neglect or due to feeling of oppression!
 
Ikhwanweb publishes two messages coming from Abu Zabal prison to show the tragedy which the detainees are facing in Egypt under a tyrannical repressive regime that does not respect court rulings
 
First Message
 
The First Message Says :

I send this message response to the call of counselor Mahmoud Khodeiri, the deputy chief justice of the Court of Cassation and head of the Judges’ Club in Alexandria, in which he demanded a bold and constructive attitude from judges who are concerned with the issue of throwing Egyptian young men behind bars for many years without any firm attitude from judges, writers and lawyers in order to get all these detainees immediately released to end the suffering their families; the counselor demanded families of detainees and the detainees themselves to write about their suffering and detentions to free and independent newspapers.
We, detainees of high-security prison of Abou Zabal, were impressed by the call of counselor Mohamed Khodeiri, after we lost any hope of any call for defending us till we get released.
I have, writer of this message, been detained since July 1993; despite the repeated and successive acquittals, I haven’t been released and haven’t sees light yet; every time I get released, they would send me to the state security branch of my residence to remain there for a week or eight days and to return to this horrible terrible prison again; this has been taking place during the past fourteen years.
 
We are deprived of any human rights in our country; since I was arrested, I have been seeing my family members, like all prisoners in this prison, including my old grief-stricken father mother only through two fences which are one metre away from each other and for only thirty minutes; during this visit, my father and mother stand on their feet only with the help of my sisters.
 
As for the suffering of the families, the prison administration obliges them to bring in a visit permit three days before it from Al-Galaa Street, the only place giving this kin of permits nationwide; on the day of visiting me, the prison administration keeps them deliberately for six hours in ice cold or blazing heat; then, the administration allows them to visit me for only 1/2 hour in the abovementioned method.
 
As for the prison food, it is fixed in the breakfast with a dish of bean topped by a thick layer of oil and a thick layer of cockroaches and beetles; the competent officer brings this dish without any feeling of embarrassment; as for the lunch, we receive cabbages whose smell makes the one vomit, let alone giving it to a human being to eat.
 
As for the health care in a heavily guarded prison specially in sections two and three, the abovementioned food liver diseases and tuberculosis, in addition to cardiac diseases and chest allergy for the little spaces in which we are jailed and the bad ventilation, diabetes and hypertension, stomach ulcer, slipped disc and backaches; add to this the fact that most of these diseases result from staying for long periods in prisons and cells with bad ventilation, in narrow places; instead of providing the required health care, the prison administration started to close the courtyards, places in which the detainees are allowed to move and put their washed clothes to dry under the sun; the administration left only one 30m × 10m for two hundred prisoners which lead only spreading infections and diseases.
 
After all this suffering , we had only one last option before the call of Counsellor Mahmoud Khodeiri: staging a hunger strike till we die or that the call of the Counsellor bear its fruits; we still have hope in Allah an in your brave hearts.
 
Name / Hussein Farag
 Detained since 7 / 1993
Diseases: coronary artery disease, blood circulation dysfunction and a slipped disc
 
The Second Message
 
The Second Message Says :
 
Apart from:

-That more than forty young men were killed behind bars due to beating of the jailers or deliberate medical neglect after setting the scene for this in an atmosphere of lethal diseases in prisons like tuberculosis and others
-The continuous feeling of oppression every day and night, making freemen desire death.
Apart from conditions in which we wished we were dead
... We will write to you only about the recent stage, the current situation which the regime ’s executioners see as a time of rest and delight for us in prisons. What we are going to write it to you about now is a reality which we are still facing and we challenge the Interior Ministry to deny any of this reality.
 
Statements and Lies
 
The Interior Minister has stated that there is no visit behind wire fences in prisons; he state this in the Egyptian newspaper "Al-Ahram". We say that we were are- detainees in the heavily-guarded prison of Abou Zabal- still inhumanely treated and are allowed only a visit every montt with a permit and from behind wire fences
 
There is another statement declared by the deputy chief of the prison administration sector, Major General Mahmoud Wagdi after the fake escape incident that did not take place in the prison of Torah; he said, three months ago, in the Egyptian newspaper "Al-Ahram " that the incident will not have any effect on our treatment with other political detainees in other prisons and that he ordered his employees to treat prisoners well. We say that this statement is false; the bitter reality which we are going to tell you proves this; since the end of last September 2006, political prisons were overturned upside-down. Everything there turned from bad to worse . The prison administration launched an inspection campaign against us topped by the assistant minister for the prisons sector and his senior aides to implement the new policy ..they brought their executioners and whips who dealt the detainees the worst severest kinds of torture .. They brought their iron fists and all their forces to apply on us the new instructions that violate all laws and human rights; they looted, stole and eliminated everything in the prison ... they recalled to our minds the Tatar armies that attacked Muslim countries leaving behind them ruin and destruction .. They did what the Tatars did before them.. They stripped us of every thing we possess.. They stripped us of our own stuff and our money under the claim that they will be kept in the prison administration fro us... they told us that they will not confiscate any thing but they confiscated every thing and held an auction to sell them and take their prices for their own; we no longer cry over such transient belongings; they stole many things from us, and they confiscated many things during the last 15 years.
 
Their lies are unimaginable; one of them told us " we are coming here not to annoy you but to bring rest and convenience and we will leave you only when you say that is enough!!"; there was, for example, a water treatment facility because the prison water isn’t suitable for human use because it comes to prisons directly from Ismailia canal; they demolished this water treatment facility claiming that they will bring us a water treatment filter for every section. But unfortunately they haven’t brought any thing so far; the series of oppressions continued in their presence and after they left us because they left behind them a package of unfair instructions that deny us our rights and areimplemented by the prison administration, topped by Brigadier General Mohsen Fahmi and Lieutenant Colonel Walid Farouk the state security officer. This Brigadier General Mohsen Fahmi he does not feel tired of oppressing us. He told us once:" I am here to annoy and oppress you; any one who isn’t satisfied with should give me his name to deport him to Al-Wadi Al-Jadid prison. What added to our pains as Muslims is that  he said bad names and insulted the religion of Allah in public and in front of all prisoners, and no one held him accountable for this profanity; we would like to tell him that we do not fear Al-Wadi Al-Jadid prison because we remained there six years during them we faced the worst kinds of torture; we testify that what happened in Abu Ghraib Prison is only a drop in an ocean of what happened to us in Al-Wadi Al-Jadid prison.
 
Most of us have been kept in chambers with the laundry and the water vapour that worsen our diseases specially those suffering from heart and pulmonary diseases; the other oppressions included deny the prisoners hospitalization, and denying students their rights of doing their exams; this is only a drop of the ocean of the maltreatment and abuses we are still, the detainees of the heavily guarded prison of Abou Zabal, suffering from. We know very well that all these pressures are exercised on us, including depriving us of our simplest rights like our families visiting us without a wire fence and our right to be hospitalized and to attend exams.. all these pressures are exercised on us to declare our support to the Egyptian regime through the so called "initiative and repentance"; due to this wire fence, some of us haven’t touched the hands of his children, mother, father or loved ones for more than ten years; if such an incident accidentally happens, the prison management rushes to prevent, deprive and intervene between the father and his son or mother and her daughter through pushing them apart.
 
We ask Allah the Exalted the Majestic to end this distress and ordeal
 
Signatories
Political Detainees in The Heavily Guarded Prison Of Abou Zabal

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