Student engineer Mohammad Rashed disappeared in prison amid COVID-19 outbreak

Student engineer Mohammad Rashed disappeared in prison amid COVID-19 outbreak

Mohammad Rashed was initially arrested on April 21, 2015, before being charged with terrorism-related offences. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison in two different cases.He was serving his sentence in the Burj Al Arab prison. His family was last able to see him on March 1, 2020 before the prison authorities suspended all family visits due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Since then, his relatives have not been able to hear from him.
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June 24, 2020: MENA Rights Group requests the urgent intervention of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
June 18, 2020: Rashed is last seen by another inmate in the Burj Al Arab prison hospital.
May 22, 2020: Rashed’s family file a complaint with the Public Prosecutor, but to no avail.
March 1, 2002: Rashed’s family is able to see him shortly before the prison authorities suspended all family visits due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 3, 2016: Sentenced to 18 years in prison on terrorism charges.
April21, 2015: Date of arrest.

Mohammad Rashed was initially arrested on April 21, 2015 before being charged with terrorism related offenses. He was later sentenced to 18 years in prison in two different cases. He was serving his sentence in the Burj Al Arab prison.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, his family was last able to see him on March 1, 2020 before the prison authorities suspended all family visits. Since then, his family has not been able to hear from him.

Rashed’s family are concerned about his current health status as he is currently suffering from jaundice, which is particularly noticeable in his eyes. His condition requires regular liver treatment. He also suffers from enlarged gallbladder causing severe infections.

He was last seen by another inmate in the prison hospital on June 18, 2020, who was able to informally inform his family, that his condition deteriorated requiring urgent surgery. Since then, they have received no further information.

On May 22, 2020, Rashed’s family filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor, but to no avail.

On June 24, 2020, MENA Rights Group requested the urgent intervention of the UN Working Group of Enforced Disappearance hoping it would press the Egyptian authorities to inform Rashed's family of his current fate and whereabouts.