Detained Activist Ahmed Douma’s Wife Denies Ending His Hunger Strike

Detained activist Ahmed Douma’s wife, Nourhan Hefzy, denied ending his hunger strike in a statement posted on her Facebook profile Saturday evening.

Colonel Mohamed Elewa, head of the Prison Authority’s Public Relations Unit, said Douma ended his hunger strike earlier on Saturday after receiving “aice and guidance” from prison administration.

“Douma has responded [to aice] and eaten light meals, such as soup and yoghurt, in light of his medical state,” Elewa told Aswat Masriya, adding that Douma has admitted resuming eating prison food in an official record.

Douma had previously undergone medical examination at Manial University Hospital, which proved his health condition stable and within normal levels, Elewa added.

The activist went on hunger strike on August 28 to protest his imprisonment. He arrived in an ambulance car to the court where his trial was held on September 17 due to his deteriorating health condition, a security source told Aswat Masriya.

Douma’s lawyer said his client lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time and looked exhausted.

The court resumed the trial of Douma and 268 other defendants over charges of illegal assembly, possession of bladed weapons and Molotov cocktails, assaulting army and police personnel and attacking governmental institutions in December 2011 during the “cabinet clashes”.

Clashes broke out between protesters and security forces outside the cabinet headquarters in December 2011, leaving at least three people dead and 255 wounded.

The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) recommended medical supervision at an external hospital for Douma and other hunger-striking prisoners earlier this month.

Douma’s wife filed a report to the prosecutor-general against the interior minister and his deputy for prison affairs for their tenacity in the matter of transferring Douma to the hospital after his health condition worsened.

Hunger strikes have lately become a common tool to protest detention, used by those arrested for political reasons.

Source : Aswat Masriya