Hunger-Striking Activist Arrives to Court in Ambulance

Political activist and blogger Ahmed Douma arrived in an ambulance car to the court where his trial is being held on Wednesday due to his deteriorating health condition, a security source told Aswat Masriya.

Douma started a hunger strike on August 28 to protest his imprisonment. 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